White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre (file photo) White House: US will take swift and serious economic action against Russia in response to «pseudo-referenda»
According to the White House press secretary, «the United States will never recognize these territories», where Russia decided to hold fictitious referenda on joining the Russian Federation, «nothing but part of Ukraine, because they belong to the people of Ukraine»
On Friday, the White House said the United States, along with its allies and partners, is ready to take additional measures that would mean “rapid and serious economic costs” for Russia in response to Russian pseudo-referendums aimed at seizing part of Ukraine.
At a recent briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called the holding of fictitious referendums in the Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine a “pretense”, “a blatant violation of international law and an insult to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that underlie the system of international law”, in fact repeating the definition, previously given to Russia by the President of the United States.
Jean-Pierre emphasized that the United States “will never recognize this territory as anything other than part of Ukraine, because it belongs to the people of Ukraine.”
“We will continue to stand firmly by the side of the people of Ukraine and continue to provide them with unprecedented levels of security support to help [Ukrainians] defend their territory…and freedom,” Karine Jean-Pierre said.
The White House press secretary shared that the United States is aware that “Russian officials are setting voter turnout and approval targets in referendums, and that in some regions they have already set the required voter turnout and votes for joining Russia on level over 75%.
“So, Russia is in a hurry to hold these sham referendums, but these are not “acts of trust”… They are the exact opposite of that. We will continue to speak loudly about this,” said Karine Jean-Pierre.
She also talked about how the United States assesses how serious Vladimir Putin is in his threat to use nuclear weapons:
“…we take these threats very seriously, but we see no reason to adjust our own nuclear policy at this time… President [Joe Biden] was very clear about the consequences of Russia's use of nuclear weapons… during his interview on 60 Minutes. This would be a catastrophe for the world, and Russia would become a pariah on the world stage,” the White House press secretary added.
Official Kyiv and the West immediately condemned the referenda organized by the Kremlin as a which is already predetermined by Moscow.