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BRUSSELS, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. A group of observers from the European Union and Israel will monitor the referendum in Crimea, the president of the European Russian Community, Sergei Petrosov, told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The Crimean Supreme Council invited a group of seven independent foreign observers, Russian compatriots who are citizens of Belgium, France, Poland, Latvia and Israel, Petrosov said.
As observers they have an ordinary task to see that all the registration procedures are complied with, that there are not any forms of violations, such as falsification and repeated voting, and that the ballot is secret. After the mission, the monitoring results will be published and presented to authoritative international organizations, a Russian-born Belgian public representative has noted.
"The situation remains uneasy in Crimea. However, we hope the republic's leaders will be able to ensure security for the referendum on a proper level and prevent provocations from Ukrainian radical groups, whose representatives since late February regularly have come out with threats addressed to Crimea," he noted.
International public observers will work in Crimea from March 14 to 18.