Poland will not recognize Russian pseudo-elections organized in the occupied territories of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau said on Saturday. The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assessed that the “pseudo-elections” in the Kherson region, among others, are illegal and constitute another attempt to incorporate four regions of Ukraine into Russia.
“Russian pseudo-elections in the occupied territories are another attempt at incorporation Russia four regions and a deliberate genocidal policy of de-Ukrainization. We won’t allow this. These elections are illegal and Poland will not recognize them. Together with our allies, we will support Ukraine as long as it takes,” the Polish foreign minister said on Saturday on platform X (formerly Twitter). Zbigniew Rau.
Russia plans elections in the occupied regions of Ukraine
Earlier, the US State Department, commenting on the pseudo-elections, assessed that Russia’s actions showed its gross disregard for the principles of the United Nations Charter.
“United States will never recognize the claim of the Russian Federation to the sovereign territory of Ukraine, and we remind all persons who may support Russia’s fictitious elections in Ukraine, including by acting as so-called ‘international observers’ that they may be subject to sanctions and visa restrictions, “wrote the statement issued on Friday. A similar entry was published on Platform X by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
Parliamentary and regional elections are scheduled for September 10 in Russia and the occupied territories of Ukraine. As reported by the Ukrinform agency on September 4, among others: in the lands of the Kherson Oblast conquered by the Kremlin, voting had already started a few days earlier. The invaders allegedly forced civilians to participate in illegal elections by threatening them with weapons.
Also on Saturday Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed at X that Poland strongly condemns Russia’s attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure in Ukraine. “Russia wants to sow fear, destruction and famine in the world. The attacks on the Zaporizhzhia region and the ports on the Danube are another example of this. The West should immediately adopt further sanctions,” it was stressed.
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