“The EU authorities are free to do whatever they want, even to find violations before
the date of the elections and not to recognize the results of the event which has
not taken place yet. That is not surprise for us,” said Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Petr Tolstoy
Petr Olegovich .
“That would be almost the same if we decided not to recognize the European Parliament, for example, for the decisions not to recognize Catalonia or the Russian Crimea. But such situation is like an endless confrontational swamp, which could irrevocably pull deeper, so there would be no dialogue at all. That would be great if the EU finally to set aside endless confrontation and attempts to put pressure on Russia,” the parliamentarian said.
Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs
Leonid Eduardovich called the proposal of members of the European Parliament “an open form of interference in the electoral processes in Russia”.
“Russia will certainly invite independent foreign observers. We really count on impartial and unbiased assessments. And then the European Parliament will not have any cards to play,” Leonid Slutskiy told reporters.
He also expressed confidence that the parliamentary elections in Russia would be conducted in compliance with all democratic standards and Russian electoral legislation and the Constitution of the Russian Federation.