BRUSSELS, 20 Sep. (Moose Gazette) –
The Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has charged this Tuesday against the “false” referendums announced by the pro-Russian authorities in the occupied areas of Ukraine to join Russia, assuring that it is an “escalation in the war of (president Russian) Vladimir Putin”.
“The fake referendums have no legitimacy and do not change the nature of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said in a message on social networks, criticizing that it is a “further escalation” in “Putin’s war” against Ukraine. the neighboring country.
In his rejection message, the NATO political chief has called on the international community to condemn what he considers a “flagrant violation” of International Law and has called for increased support for kyiv at this juncture.
The authorities of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the pro-Russian authorities of Kherson and Zaporizhia, announced on Tuesday that the referendum on the accession of these territories to Russia will be held this week between September 23 and 27.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has assessed that these initiatives are a sign of the desire of the population of these territories to be able to determine if they want to be part of Russia. “Since the beginning of the special military operation and, in general, in the preceding period, we said that the population of the respective territories should decide their future,” he stressed.