On September 23-27, the authorities of the self-proclaimed people’s republics in the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts intend to hold referendathe aim of which is to include these areas – currently occupied by Russia – into the Russian Federation. A similar intention was announced by the Russian governors in the Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts in southern Ukraine.
The president of France referred to these announcements Emmanuel Macron during his speech at the session of the UN General Assembly, largely devoted to the war in Ukraine. The French leader called the referenda a “parody”, noting that they will not have any legal consequences.
– If the idea of a referendum in Donbas were not so tragic, it would be funny – he said.
At the same time, Macron announced that France will continue to supply Ukraine with weapons – he also called on Russia once again to withdraw its troops. He announced that he planned to hold a conversation with Vladimir Putin in the coming days.
Macron also criticized the countries that declared themselves neutral towards the conflict. He made such a decision “a historical mistake“.
– Those who remain silent today are actually in some way sharing in the work of the new imperialism and the new order that treads on the present order – He said.
According to the President of France, “negotiations can only be possible if Ukraine sovereignly wants it, and Russia accepts them in good faith. We all know well that the negotiations can be successful. only if Ukraine is liberatedand its sovereignty protected “.-
Macron described the war in Ukraine as return “to the era of imperialism and colonialism“France rejects that,” he said.
– The war in Ukraine is simple. Are you for the law of the stronger and disrespect for the territorial integrity of countries? Are you for or against impunity? I do not see any international order or lasting peace that can be based on disrespect for nations and responsibility, he said.
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