NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that the alliance does not recognize the entry of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), Kherson and Zaporozhye regions into Russia. He told reporters about this at a press conference on Friday, September 30.
He also noted that NATO is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine, but will continue to support it.
“Members of the North Atlantic Alliance will never recognize the entry of new regions into Russia and will not change their obligations to support Ukraine,” the NATO Secretary General said.
On the same day, the OSCE called the entry of four subjects into the Russian Federation a violation of international law. The organization also called on Russia to withdraw all forces “from the territory of Ukraine”, and also declared “unwavering support” for Ukraine.
Earlier on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements on the inclusion of the DPR and LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions into the Russian Federation. The head of state assured that Russia would never betray the residents of the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions and would help restore infrastructure in the regions. Putin also said that Russia will not live by the rules of the West.
From 23 to 27 September, residents of the republics of Donbass and the liberated territories voted in referendums on the issue of joining Russia. In the DPR, 99.23% of citizens supported this option, in the LPR – 98.42%, in the Kherson region – 87.05%, and in the Zaporozhye region – 93.11%.
Some Western countries refused to recognize the results of voting in past referendums. The European Union, the United States and their allies expressed their readiness to impose new sanctions in connection with the holding of referendums.
So, after the admission of new regions to Russia, the sanctions against the Russian Federation were expanded by Great Britain and Canada. The United States also introduced a new package of anti-Russian sanctions, which included dozens of individuals and legal entities. A number of members of the State Duma and the Federation Council of the Russian Federation, as well as companies from China, Belarus and Armenia, were subject to restrictions for supporting Russia.
The special military operation to protect the Donbass, the beginning of which the President of the Russian Federation announced on February 24, continues. The decision to hold it was made against the background of the aggravation of the situation in the region due to shelling by the Ukrainian military, in connection with which the authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics turned to Moscow for help.
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