“We did not always have a simple relationship, but they continued, we continued the dialogue, we believe that the refusal to participate (in the observation of the elections. -


) is absolutely for far-fetched reasons, we consider this to be simply the arbitrariness of the Bureau,” Matvienko quotes TASS.

Earlier, the head of the CEC of Russia Ella Pamfilova commented on the decision of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) not to send observers to the State Duma elections.

At the end of July, the Russian Foreign Ministry noted that Russia is ready to accept and ensure the safe stay of international observers for the upcoming elections of the State Duma deputies.