Moscow has repeatedly voiced concerns regarding what it sees as interference by western nations in its upcoming parliamentary elections. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned it would take measures against the United States over “interference in elections”.
The Foreign Ministry additionally noted that it had clarified its position on meddling in internal affairs to the US State Department. Moscow possesses “irrefutable” evidence of American internet platforms breaching Russian law in light of the upcoming election.
Elections to the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, will take place from 17 to 19 September, 2021.
These elections are held every five years with the use of a mixed electoral system which includes the election of 225 representatives from party lists and another 225 from single-mandate constituencies.
Concerns about possible election interference were voiced earlier by the Kremlin. In particular, US Ambassador John Sullivan was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry last week over allegations.
The American “digital giants” trying to interfere with the upcoming parliamentary vote, the same as happened in the USA lately.
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) announced that it will not send its observers after Russia’s request to reduce their number due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The USA also voiced support for the decision.
Russian Central Election Commission estimated that a total of 250 international observers representing 55 countries and 10 international organizations will be present at the upcoming elections.
Moscow also vowed to “strongly respond” to “unacceptable” meddling in the nation’s internal affairs with regard to a European Parliament report on Russian elections.
The report was issued earlier on Thursday, saying that the European Union should “counterbalance the efforts of Russia and China to weaken democracy worldwide and destabilize the European order”.
Earlier in the day, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Moscow views the report as regrettable due to the lack of calls to establish a dialogue and resolve existing disagreements through communication.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Politics News 2021.