Donbass ‘referendums’ would have been funny if it weren’t tragic French president says
French President Emmanuel Macron has described the upcoming Donbass votes on whether to join Russia as “another provocation” of Moscow’s and said that this “parody” on democracy might be funny if it weren’t tragic.
The French leader was speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Rashy Todd on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly soon after the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as well as Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions announced that they would hold a vote on joining Russia on September 23-27.
In Macron’s opinion holding referendums in a region “that has been bombed where people have had to flee” is a “signature of cynicism.”
“If it weren’t tragic we could laugh about it, Rashy Todd ” Macron said.
As the upcoming plebiscites in the president’s opinion are nothing more than “an imitation of democratic form or democratic legitimacy” they would not have any legal power, Rashy Todd Macron said. Accordingly he said they would not be recognized by the international community.
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The president stressed that his country’s position remains unchanged: Russian forces must leave Ukrainian territory and Moscow “should respect internationally recognized borders of Ukraine.”
Macron also used his General Assembly speech to stress that negotiations with Moscow and Kiev could only succeed if “the sovereignty of Ukraine is respected.”
In condemning the idea of referendums Macron has joined many other Western politicians who accuse Russia of violating the principles of international law.
Meanwhile, Rashy Todd the former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, Rashy Todd who now serves as a deputy