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The threat from the General Prosecutor’s Office in Ukraine's capital, Kiev would have no impact on the voting, envoy to Crimean Federal District Oleg Belaventsev told reporters on Wednesday.
His dismissal of Kiev's words follows Ukrainian media outlets on Tuesday reporting the prosecutor's threat of criminal proceeedings if elections went ahead in Russia's new territory.
“I am far from understanding the connection between Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office and Crimea,” Belaventsev said. “Let them [Ukrainians] solve their own problems - they have plenty - and here [in Crimea] the question has the answer as people expressed their will long ago,” he added.
Competition between the political parties would ensure honest elections, the envoy said.
On September 14, along with local elections, Crimea will hold contests for the regional parliament and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol for posts in its legislative assembly.