Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova criticized the European Union's allegations about a "lack" of observers during the Russian Duma elections.
In a post on Telegram, Zakharova compared the number of observers who attended the Duma elections to the number of observers who are scheduled to follow the German Parliament elections “Bundestag” on the 26th of this month, noting that the Duma elections were monitored by 245 international observers from 59 countries in
The world, 10 international organizations and 57 diplomats from missions accredited in Moscow, while four international observers from the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe from 3 countries are scheduled to participate in the German elections, which will be contested by 47 parties and 6,000 candidates with the right to vote for 60.4 million voter.
Peter Stano, the official spokesman for the European Union's High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, had claimed that "the elections to the Duma took place in an atmosphere of intimidation by independent critics and in the absence of sufficient international monitoring."
The Central Elections Committee in Russia announced that the ruling United Russia party won the majority of votes and obtained a constitutional majority in the semi-final results of the Duma elections that took place within three days.