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MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. Russia’s State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin does not rule out that some lower house deputies may act as observers at elections in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
“This is within our authority,” Naryshkin told reporters on Monday.
Lawmakers from the State Duma will most likely observe Ukrainian early parliamentary elections as members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observer mission, Naryshkin added.
“We will most likely participate in the OSCE observer mission,” he said in reply to a journalist’s question about possible participation of State Duma deputies in monitoring of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada early elections due on October 26.
Chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs Alexey Pushkov told TASS earlier that Russian deputies will not go as OSCE observers to monitor Rada early polls. “Russian deputies will not go as observers in the OSCE monitor mission to elections in Ukraine over fears that they will not be provided with proper security, given conditions in which the election campaign in Ukraine is in progress and an extremely high surgein anti-Russian sentiments,” the lawmaker said.
Meanwhile, he noted that an OSCE envoy in charge of the European security agency’s monitor mission from Sweden asked Pushkov at the latest session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Geneva to send Russian deputies to Ukraine to monitor early parliament polls.