Russia will not be able to impose its will through pseudo-referenda

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Peter Kavinsky

French President Emmanuel Macron says Russia cannot impose its will on anyone through pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Macron said this during the general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, reports a Ukrinform correspondent.

“Russia must now understand that it will not be able to impose its will by military means, even if a kind of false ‘referendums’ are cynically organized in the areas under occupation. Members of the UN Security Council must make this clear and plain,” said the president of France.

He recalled that on February 24 of this year, “Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, has deliberately violated the UN Charter and the principle of sovereign equality of states.” On March 16, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Russian aggression was illegal and demanded the withdrawal of its troops.

“As I speak to you, Russian troops are in Ukraine. As far as I know, there are no Ukrainian troops in Russia – this is a fact,” he emphasized. macron.

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He is convinced that only an agreement on respect for international law can restore peace. “Negotiations are possible only if Ukraine wants it in a sovereign way and if Russia agrees in good faith,” the French leader is sure. At the same time, he stressed that the negotiations will only be successful if Ukraine’s sovereignty is respected, its territory is liberated and its security protected.

According to the French president, by unleashing a war against Ukraine, Russia has decided to pave the way for other wars and annexations in Europe, and tomorrow perhaps in Asia, Africa or Latin America.

“What has been happening since February 24 is a return to the era of imperialism and colonies. France refuses to go this way. We will strive for peace, our position is clear. And it is precisely by defending this position that I have conducted a dialogue with Russia for the past few months from the beginning of this war. And I will continue to have this dialogue, because in this way we will strive for peace together,” Macron said.

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He added that the search for peace lies in the humanitarian, economic, military support provided to the Ukrainian people since February 24, so that they can exercise their legal right to self-defense and preserve their freedom. “The search for peace is also carried out by condemning the invasion of a sovereign state, violation of the principles of our collective security, war crimes committed by Russia on Ukrainian soil. We refuse to tolerate impunity,” summed up the President of France.

As reported, on September 20, the general debates of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly began, where the heads of state, government leaders and heads of foreign affairs of the member states took the floor.


Peter Kavinsky

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