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NATO says it will never recognize Russia's "sham" referendums in Ukraine

Commodities Sep 22, 2022 01:47PM ET
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© Reuters. A view shows a residential building destroyed in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict in Lysychansk, the city controlled by pro-Russian troops in the Luhansk region, Ukraine September 21, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO on Thursday condemned Moscow's plans to hold referendums in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine and called on all states to reject what it called "Russia's blatant attempts at territorial conquest".

"Sham referenda in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions of Ukraine have no legitimacy and will be a blatant violation of the UN Charter," the North Atlantic Council, grouping the member states of the alliance, said in a statement.

"NATO allies will not recognize their illegal and illegitimate annexation. These lands are Ukraine," it added.

Referendums on joining Russia are due to take place from Friday until Tuesday in several largely Russian-held regions in eastern and southern Ukraine, which comprise around 15% of the country's territory.

NATO says it will never recognize Russia's "sham" referendums in Ukraine
 

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gab nea
gab nea Sep 23, 2022 4:00AM ET
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russia should be thrown out of the united nations, nevermind being on the security council! and vote every Republican that supports putin out! talking to you orange ape!
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Sep 22, 2022 2:22PM ET
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the. Russian's Ukrainian invasion was brutal and genocidal the election would be just an excuse for their war of conquest.....
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Ac Tektrader Sep 22, 2022 2:10PM ET
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the mafia in the Kremlin has a reputation for fixing elections...weather it's in conquered territories in Ukraine or in the Russian Federation.
Syed Naqvi
Syed Naqvi Sep 22, 2022 1:59PM ET
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Yes, but when the US and NATO hold the any types of vote of referenda, it should be accepted by the whole world. What hypocrisy is this? The West should be ashamed of itself for letting inadequate leaders lead their populations. It is OK for them to go and ruin, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen, yet when any other country including Russia wants to plan or drive something that is non violent, it goes against the West's so called democratic values....
TERRY HOUGHTON
TERRY HOUGHTON Sep 22, 2022 1:59PM ET
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I wouldn't call their invasion non violent by any means.
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Historical Movies Sep 22, 2022 1:59PM ET
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Yes bro u are right except for America no other countries, have the right to invade if anyone can invade they all call them terror attacks hypocrisy
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Sep 22, 2022 1:59PM ET
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Where are we holding referendums? Nowhere. Russian logic is brain dead.
 
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