Russia expects that ODIHR will send several hundred observers to the elections-2018

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Russia expects the OSCE Office for democratic institutions and human rights OSCE will send to the presidential elections in 2018, several hundred observers, the decision of the ODIHR will be announced within two weeks, said on Tuesday the Ambassador for special assignments of the Russian foreign Ministry Andrei Nesterenko.

Nesterenko, in charge of foreign Affairs, including election issues and interaction with the CEC met with the ODIHR delegation, which visited Russia last week to prepare for the mission observers for the presidential elections. According to him, they left Russia last Saturday, promising to publish the report and announce the number sent to Russian observers in the past two weeks.

Answering the question whether Russia any expectations in relation to the size of the observer mission, Nesterenko noted that «we have no understanding that there will be only 10 or 15 (observers)».

«We drew the attention of the ODIHR is that they refer to some countries less than a dozen observers. When we asked why so, they say that democracy is how well-developed that there is no need to send» — he told reporters, noting that attention to Russia in ODIHR explain the «specific interest in what is happening in Russia» and that «Russia is a huge country.»

«But these arguments, I think, a little untenable,» — said Nesterenko.

On specifying question, whether Russia mind if ODIHR decide to send too many observers, Nesterenko said that he did not think «that we will have any objections, but I assume that will be several hundred».