Leaders of the EU, US and many European countries criticized President Putin’s decision to annex four Ukrainian provinces, calling it an “illegal” action.
“The illegal annexation announced by Mr. Putin will not change anything. All the territory Russia illegally controls is Ukraine’s land and will always be part of this sovereign state.” , European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen posted on Twitter on September 30.
The comments were made by Ms. von der Leyen after President Vladimir Putin announced his decision to annex the four Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. Putin affirmed that Russia has never betrayed the people of these four provinces and said they are permanent citizens of Russia.
The European Council (EUCO) members then issued a statement “rejecting and categorically condemning” Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian provinces, criticizing it as an act of “deliberately undermining the international order and blatantly blasphemy” violate Ukraine’s fundamental rights to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
EUCO believes that Russia is putting global security in jeopardy, and insists it never recognizes the referendum in four Ukrainian provinces, which it considers “fabricated non-cooperation”.
The EUCO also calls on countries and international organizations to refuse to recognize Russia’s decision to annex, as well as affirms that the European Union (EU) will continue to strongly support Ukraine in terms of military, economic and society.
Following Putin’s announcement of the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces, the White House issued a statement on “harsh” sanctions targeting Russian officials and the country’s defense industry.
“The United States will make Russia pay very dearly and quickly,” the White House said, without elaborating. The US also announced that G7 allies also support sanctions against any country that backs Russia’s attempt to annex territory.
President Joe Biden said that Russia was violating international law, “trampled on the UN Charter” and “despised peaceful nations”. He will call on the international community to “reject Russia’s attempt to annex illegal territory”.
The UK Foreign Office said Russia would no longer have access to important Western services such as consulting, architecture, engineering or legal advice for certain commercial activities.
The Polish Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning “in the strongest terms” the “illegal” actions of Russia in recognizing the creation and annexation of four regions of Ukraine.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the country “will never recognize the annexation” of four Ukrainian provinces, while the Greek Foreign Ministry said the decision was “a flagrant violation of international law”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned he would not negotiate with Russia as long as Putin was in power. “Ukraine will not hold any talks with Russia while Putin is still president. We will negotiate with the new president of Russia,” he said.
During the signing ceremony of the agreement to annex four Ukrainian provinces, held at the Georgievsky Hall of the Great Kremlin, Moscow on September 30, President Putin affirmed that millions of people in these localities chose to join Russia, and at the same time announced that the country has 4 more provinces based on the results of the referendum.
The four regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson have a total area of 90,000 square kilometers, 15% of Ukraine’s area and an estimated population of 4 million, but Russia does not yet fully control any of them.
Putin also criticized the West for trying to “maintain the new colonial system”, “plunder the world with dollars”, “continue to find new opportunities to weaken and destroy Russia”. He also accused the West of “conducting explosions” that caused four leaks on the Nord Stream pipeline carrying gas from Russia to Europe.
Pro-Russian authorities in four provinces announced on September 27 that they had counted all the votes in the referendum from September 23 with the lowest result of 87.05% of voters choosing to join Russia.
The Kremlin says the referendum votes have legal implications and also create security implications, alluding to warnings that Russia could use nuclear weapons to “defend territorial integrity.” after the annexation of four regions of Ukraine.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on September 29 that the plan to annex the territory of Ukraine to Russia was an act “never in accordance with all international legal frameworks” and contrary to all values of the community. international.
US President Joe Biden also said he would never recognize the results of the referendums held in Ukraine, calling it a “flagrant violation” of international principles.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss today criticized Russia for violating international law by annexing four Ukrainian territories, saying London would never accept this.
Nguyen Tien (Theo Guardian)