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Belgium: 'We will never recognise these so-called referenda' - EU Commission spox on DPR, LPR, Kherson, Zaporozhye votes03:13

Belgium: 'We will never recognise these so-called referenda' - EU Commission spox on DPR, LPR, Kherson, Zaporozhye votes

Belgium, Brussels
September 21, 2022 at 14:42 GMT +00:00 · Published

European Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer said that the bloc would reject the legitimacy of the upcoming votes in the Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, during a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

“We will never recognise these so-called referenda organised in territories that have been occupied both legally and brutally, and that more generally, obviously, all the attempts by Russia to change the borders of Ukraine go against the Charter of the United Nations," he said.

Peter Stano, the European Commission’s foreign affairs spokesperson, said that Ukraine would have the right to retake the areas by force, regardless of the votes.

"Whatever the outcome of this sham, illegal referenda would be, these regions would be still legally part of Ukraine and Ukraine has every right to make anything necessary within the limits of international law to restore the control of the legitimate Ukrainian state in these territories," he said.

Stano also claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of military mobilisation was more proof "that he's not interested in peace, that he's interested in escalating his war of aggression".

Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, saying it was to protect the sovereignty of both Russia and the breakaway regions. He also vowed to support the results of the votes, accusing the West of trying to "block and suppress any sovereign independent centres of development".

On Tuesday, local administrations in four regions announced plans to hold referenda on joining Russia; the authorities in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control. The votes will take place on September 23-27.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the referenda a 'parody', while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan both described the referenda as a 'sham'.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR. Kiev condemned the action, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and a full mobilisation in February.

Belgium: 'We will never recognise these so-called referenda' - EU Commission spox on DPR, LPR, Kherson, Zaporozhye votes03:13
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European Commission spokesperson Eric Mamer said that the bloc would reject the legitimacy of the upcoming votes in the Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, during a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday.

“We will never recognise these so-called referenda organised in territories that have been occupied both legally and brutally, and that more generally, obviously, all the attempts by Russia to change the borders of Ukraine go against the Charter of the United Nations," he said.

Peter Stano, the European Commission’s foreign affairs spokesperson, said that Ukraine would have the right to retake the areas by force, regardless of the votes.

"Whatever the outcome of this sham, illegal referenda would be, these regions would be still legally part of Ukraine and Ukraine has every right to make anything necessary within the limits of international law to restore the control of the legitimate Ukrainian state in these territories," he said.

Stano also claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s use of military mobilisation was more proof "that he's not interested in peace, that he's interested in escalating his war of aggression".

Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, saying it was to protect the sovereignty of both Russia and the breakaway regions. He also vowed to support the results of the votes, accusing the West of trying to "block and suppress any sovereign independent centres of development".

On Tuesday, local administrations in four regions announced plans to hold referenda on joining Russia; the authorities in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control. The votes will take place on September 23-27.

French President Emmanuel Macron called the referenda a 'parody', while NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan both described the referenda as a 'sham'.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR. Kiev condemned the action, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and a full mobilisation in February.