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Vladimir Putin announces the annexation of part of Ukraine to Russia. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg comments

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg referred to the propaganda activities of Vladimir Putin and the illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine announced by him. – This is the key moment. Putin has mobilized hundreds of thousands of additional soldiers, shakes up the nuclear threat and is illegally annexing Ukrainian territory. This is the most serious escalation since the beginning of this war, he said.

Jens Stoltenberg at the headquarters FOR THIS commented Russia’s illegal annexation of the four occupied territories of Ukraine. He pointed out that Russia tries to annex 15 percent of the territory Ukraine. “This is about the size of Portugal,” he said. He added that the annexation had taken place “illegally and by force”.

– Pseudo-referenda were planned in Moscow and imposed on the territory of Ukraine in complete violation of international law. This seizure of territory is illegal and has no legal basis. NATO countries do not recognize these areas as part of Russia, Stoltenberg said.

NATO Secretary General Jens StoltenbergPAP / EPA / OLIVIER HOSLET

“NATO is not a party to the conflict, but we provide support for Ukraine”

– We call on all states to reject this audacious takeover by Russia of foreign territory. These are lands belonging to Ukraine. Donetsk is Ukraine. Luhansk is Ukraine. Kherson is Ukraine. Zaporizhia is Ukraine. Exactly the same as Crimea, which is Ukraine, he continued.

He also mentioned – with reference to Crimea – that this is the second time that Russia has tried to take over Ukrainian territory by force. – But it does not change the nature of the conflict. This is a brutal aggression by Russia against Ukraine, he stressed.

He recalled that this also did not change NATO’s commitment to support Ukraine. – NATO is not a party to the conflict, but we provide support for Ukraine so that Ukraine can ensure the defense of its territory, in line with the UN Charter – he added. He said the Alliance was committed to protecting every NATO member and “every inch of NATO territory”.

“The most serious escalation since the beginning of this war”

– This is the key moment. Putin has mobilized hundreds of thousands of additional soldiers, shakes up the nuclear threat and is illegally annexing Ukrainian territory. This is the most serious escalation since the beginning of the war, Stoltenberg continued. – These actions do not show strength, only weakness. They prove that the war is not going on as planned, he stressed.

Russian President Vladimir PutinPAP / EPA / MIKHAIL METZEL / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL

Stoltenberg earlier Fr. illegal annexation spoke with the US President’s National Security Adviser Jaj Sullivan. The statement said Sullivan and Stoltenberg were reacting to the decision Vladimir Putin expressed a commitment to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / OLIVIER HOSLET

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