A clear message from the EU to Russia: We will never recognize illegal annexations

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We call on all states and international organizations to categorically reject this illegal annexation” note the EU member states

“Russia endangers global security,” its members emphasize European Council underlining that they reject “categorically” and condemn “unequivocally Russia’s illegal annexation of the territories Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson». “We will never recognize” “illegal” annexations, the statement said.

“We do not and will never recognize them illegal “referendums” in which Russia proceeded 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 these illegal annexations. These decisions are invalid and cannot produce no legal effect. Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk are Ukraine. We call on all states and international organizations to categorically reject this illegal annexation,” the member states noted.

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.

“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 Kremlin’s nuclear threats, military mobilization and strategy of seeking to misrepresent Ukraine’s territory as Russian and claim that war can now be fought on Russian soil will not shake our resolve,” the states said. -members.

“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.

A related post condemning Putin’s annexations was made via Twitter by his president European Council Ursula von der Leyen.

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