“Russia endangers global security,” the members of the European Council emphasize, underlining that they “categorically” reject and unequivocally condemn “Russia’s illegal annexation of the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.” “We will never recognize” “illegal” annexations, the statement said.
“We do not recognize and we will never recognize illegal “referendums” which Russia proceeded with as a pretext for this further violation of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, nor their falsified and illegal results. We will never recognize this illegal attachments. These decisions are void and cannot produce any legal effect. Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Lugansk are Ukraine. We call on all states and international organizations to categorically reject this illegal annexation,” the member states note.
At the same time, they underline that in view of Russia’s war of aggression as well as Moscow’s latest escalation, the European Union stands resolutely on the side of Ukraine and its people.
27 leaders condemn the illegal annexation.
We do not and will never recognise the sham ‘referenda’.
We will never recognise this illegal annexation.https://t.co/WEMfLFnfe9
— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) September 30, 2022
“We are unwavering in our support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Ukraine is exercising its legal right to defend itself against Russian aggression to regain full control of its territory and has the right to liberate occupied territories within its internationally recognized borders. The nuclear threats made by the Kremlinthe military mobilization and strategy of seeking to misrepresent Ukrainian territory as Russian and claim that the war may now be fought on Russian soil they will not shake our resolve» state the member states.
«We will strengthen our restrictive measures to counter Russia’s illegal actions. They will further increase the pressure on Russia to end its war of aggression.
We reiterate that the European Union stands firmly by Ukraine’s side and will continue to provide strong financial, military, social and economic support to Ukraine for as long as needed,” the statement concluded.
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