Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The self-proclaimed republics in the Donbas are organizing “referenda”. Emmanuel Macron and Jens Stoltenberg comment

The referenda planned by Russia in the occupied territories of Ukraine would be ridiculous if they were not tragic, said French President Emmanuel Macron. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO secretary general, wrote that these referenda were “another escalation in Putin’s war” and called on the international community to “condemn this gross violation of international law.”

The authorities of the self-proclaimed so-called People’s republics established by pro-Russian separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in the east Ukraineintend to hold “referenda” on September 23-27 to include those occupied by the Russia territories within the Russian Federation. A similar intention was announced by the Russian governors in the partially occupied Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts in southern Ukraine.

The self-proclaimed republics in the Donbas are organizing “referenda”. The date has fallen

Stoltenberg: this is another escalation of Putin’s war

Jens Stoltenberg, General secretary FOR THIS, wrote in a comment on Twitter that Russian pseudo-reports are against the law. “They will not change the nature of Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine. This is another escalation of Putin’s war,” Stoltenberg wrote.

He called on the international community to “condemn this gross violation of international law and strengthen support for Ukraine.”

Macron: These referenda are a parody

He also referred to the planned “referenda” in an interview with journalists before his speech in the general debate of the General Assembly The United Nations in New York Emmanuel Macron. The French president called them a “parody” and said they would have no legal consequences. He added that organizing fictitious votes in the territories they bombard is cynical and constitutes an additional provocation. – If the idea of ​​a referendum in Donbas were not so tragic, it would be ridiculous – he assessed.

He announced that France would continue to send arms to Ukraine and once again called on Russia to withdraw its troops. He added at the same time that he planned to hold a conversation with Putin in the coming days.

Macron: Ukraine’s negotiations will only succeed if it is liberated

Later, during his speech at the UN, he said that possible Russian-Ukrainian negotiations “could only be possible if Ukraine sovereignly wants it and Russia accepts them in good faith.” – We all know very well that negotiations can only be successful if Ukraine is liberated and its sovereignty protected – he said.

He also criticized countries that declared themselves neutral towards the conflict, calling it a “historic mistake.” – Those who keep quiet today are in fact in some way sharing in the work of the new imperialism and the new order that tramples the present order – he assessed.

The French president said he rejected the division between the West and the rest of the world and Russia’s claims to be working for a new international order without hegemony. – The war in Ukraine is simple. Are you for the law of the stronger and disrespect for the territorial integrity of countries? Are you for or against impunity? I do not see any international order or lasting peace that can be based on disrespect for nations and responsibility, he said.

He added that what happened after February 24 is “a return to the era of imperialism and colonialism”. “France rejects it,” he announced.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / YEVGEN HONCHARENKO

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