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Expert: Non-recognition of Russian elections by Ukraine 'has nothing to do with real life'

September 20, 16:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The expert believes that Ukrainian lawmakers "can just as well refuse to recognize the existence of sunspots, lunar mare seas or other galaxies"
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MOSCOW, September 20. /TASS/. A statement of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, or Parliament, on non-recognition of the Russian parliamentary elections "has nothing to do with real life, a Russian political scientist told TASS on Tuesday.

"It is just another silly statement made by the Verkhovna Rada," Vyacheslav Nikonov, a lawmakers of the sixth Russian State Duma lower parliament house who won a seat in the new Duma, said, adding that Ukrainian lawmakers "can just as well refuse to recognize the existence of sunspots, lunar mare seas or other galaxies."

"It has nothing to do with real life," he stressed. This statement, in his words, is rooted "in the political situation in Ukraine when neither of them [Rada lawmakers - TASS] are able to recognize Crimea as part of Russia."

"It is ridiculous. It is clear that it is the opinion of Ukraine only," the Russian lawmaker noted. "The Rada’s statement is not interesting to other countries. As for countries outside the United States and the European Union, they absolutely don’t care about the opinion of the present-day Ukraine, which is an American project backed by the European Union."

Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada passed a resolution on non-recognition of the legitimacy of Russia’s parliamentary elections. The document won support from 264 Ukrainian lawmakers whereas 226 votes are needed to pass a bill or a resolution. The resolution says that Rada lawmakers will turn to the United Nations Security Council and General Assembly, to parliaments of foreign states, parliamentary assemblies and international organizations with a "call not to recognize legitimacy of the elections to the Russian seventh State Duma."

Elections to the State Duma, or Russia’s lower house of Parliament, were held on September 18 in a split system: 225 members of parliament were elected by party tickets, while the other 225 were elected in one-seat constituencies. With 99.38% of ballots counted, Russia’s ruling United Russia party is winning 54.18% of the vote. It is followed by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, of CPRF, with 13.35% of vote, LDPR (13.16%), and A Just Russia (6.21%).

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