The European Union said: “referendums” on joining Russia are unacceptable

The European Union said: “referendums” on joining Russia are unacceptable

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives an interview to Reuters in Kyiv, September 15, 2022   The European Union said: «referenda» about joining Russia are unacceptable

The presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as the head of European diplomacy

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called “unacceptable” the referendums on accession to Russia, which were announced on Tuesday in the Russian-occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine.

“We will never recognize Russia's attempts legitimize the illegal and ruthless occupation of Ukrainian territories,” von der Leyen said in a conversation with a correspondent for the German news agency DPA.

According to von der Leyen, this “totally unacceptable” attempt to change the borders of Ukraine “is a clear violation of the Charter the UN, as well as the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

The President of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, also commented on the situation, saying that “no sham referendum will change Europe's position on Ukraine and its territorial integrity.”

Metsola said this on her Twitter, stressing that this maneuver of the Kremlin will not change “the fact that it was Russia that invaded sovereign Ukraine.”

Reuters reported that EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the European Union strongly condemns Russia's plans to hold referendums in some regions Ukraine and does not recognize the results of the vote.

“Russia, its political leadership and everyone involved in these “referendums” and other violations of international law in Ukraine will be held accountable, and additional restrictive measures will be considered against Russia,” Borrell said.

He added that voting in a fictitious referendum cannot be regarded as “the free will of the people” in these regions.