Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused on Friday the Western countries of trying to meddle in his country’s elections via their observers from the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Lavrov stressed the OSCE does not even give specific information on the invitation process or which of its offices is responsible for overseeing polling. “It’s just the commitment to invite international observers. And we did this and will do this, I assure you,” he said. “And I’m convinced that if these ODIHR [OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights] leaders want, so as to say, to ‘add some pepper’ to all these discussions, they could pick faults in anything.”
The next legislative election in Russia for the State Duma will be held on September 19.