Germany will not recognize Russian annexation referendums in Ukraine
Berlin will not recognize Ukraine’s referenda on annexation in four Russian-occupied areas of the country because they are incompatible with international law. That’s what Chancellor Olaf Scholz said after the announcement on Tuesday (September 20).
Referendums on Russia’s accession will begin on Friday (September 23), leaders in Ukraine’s four regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson announced on Tuesday.
He is “it is very clear that these fictitious referendums cannot be accepted”, Mr. Scholz said on Tuesday in New York, reports the AFP news agency. According to him, they wouldn’t be “not planned” par “International law and by the agreements concluded by the international community”.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the move. “The sham referendums have no legitimacy and do not change the nature of the aggressive war that Russia is waging against Ukraine.”he explained.
This initiative is seen as a response to progress in Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the east and south of the country. Russian officials argued that the move would give them legitimacy to defend the occupied territory by any means possible.
Ukraine refuted Moscow’s statement.
“Russia was and remains an aggressor, illegally occupying parts of Ukrainian territory. Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will continue to liberate them regardless of what Russia says.”Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reacted on Twitter.
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