The UN made it clear that it will not recognize the result of the referendums on the annexation to Russia of several Ukrainian regions, while the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, called for an isolation of Russia in all international organizations in an extraordinary session of the Security Council of the ONU.
These referendums “cannot be considered a genuine expression of the popular will (and) cannot be seen as legal under international law”UN Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo told the Council.
According to advanced figures, an overwhelming majority (about 98%) of the participants in those illegal referenda called in the Russian-controlled territories in the east and south of Ukraine voted in favor of annexation, a result condemned by kyiv, and now Russian President Vladimir Putin could formalize the annexation in the coming days.
The Ukrainian president, invited to address the Council in this session by videoconference, said that if Russia formalizes the annexation, this will mean for his part that “there is nothing to negotiate” with Putin in the future.
While, Zelensky called on the international community to tighten sanctions against Russia and proceed to its international isolation: Firstly, removing his status as a permanent member of the Security Council with the right to veto, and then expelling him from all international organizations, and if this is not possible, blocking his participation in them.
In this regard, the US ambassador, Lynda Greensfield, said that her country is going to try to get the Council to vote a condemnation of these referendums.
Russia fights back
Russian representative Vasili Nebenzia said the referendums were held “in a transparent manner and in compliance with international norms.”
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