Warsaw summons Russian Ambassador over accession of new regions
Polish Deputy FM announced that relations with Russia are practically frozen now and diplomatic contacts are limited to protests.
The Polish Deputy Foreign Minister, Marcin Przydacz, stated on Monday that the Russian Ambassador to Poland, Sergey Adreev, has been summoned for protest on the recent accession of the four regions to Russia announced last Friday.
Przydacz told TVN24 that the Ambassador is expected to arrive at the Foreign Ministry of Poland, "today at 11:00 am [09:00 GMT], in connection with Russia's actions last week," while stressing that, "Relations with Russia are practically frozen today, there are no diplomatic contacts, except for meetings when I or the minister summon ambassador Andreev."
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This comes following a ceremony held in Russia last Friday, where Russian Presiden Vladimir Putin acknowledged the independence of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, after previously recognizing the independence of the DPR and the LPR in February and then signed accession treaties with the four new territories - the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR), as well as the Zaporozhye and Kherson, to Join the Russian Federation.
The four regions held referendums from September 23rd to September 27th on the accession just few days before, where a majority of the votes were in favor of reunification with Russia.
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The US and NATO announced that they will not recognize the results of the referenda in the four regions: "if this does transpire, the United States will never recognize Russia's claims to any purportedly annexed parts of Ukraine," stated US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, while NATO Chief Stoltenberg called them, "Sham referendums," that, "have no legitimacy."
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will vote Friday on a resolution, drafted by the US and Albania, to condemn the referenda on the accession of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to Russia, however with no chance to pass due to Russi's veto power.