Negotiations with Ukraine should be given one more chance before the annexation of Kherson, Zaporozhye and Donbass, declared during a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Turkish leader called his Russian counterpart on the eve of the “accession” of the occupied regions of Ukraine to Russia. He opposed “referendums” in the occupied territories and noted that “steps are expected from Moscow – especially regarding the annexation of various Ukrainian territories to Russia.” According to him, the rejection of these steps will facilitate the future negotiation process.
It is significant that the Kremlin did not include this fragment of the talks in its version of the conversation between the leaders of the two countries. The presidential administration said in a statement that Putin informed Erdogan of the results of the “referenda” in the Kherson, Zaporozhye, Luhansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, and stressed that “the vote was transparent, in full compliance with the norms and principles of international law.”
Ankara’s official statement also does not criticize the annexation of four Ukrainian regions. Even the day before, Erdogan noted: “Of course, Zelensky (President of Ukraine – MT) wants our support in these four regions, and he wants us to meet with Mr. Putin and discuss this issue. Let’s see what happens.”
After a conversation with Erdogan, Putin recognized the independence of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions (he recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed DNR and LNR earlier). AT to point out he noted that he did so “in accordance with the universally recognized principles and norms of international law, recognizing and reaffirming the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, enshrined in the UN Charter.”
Previously, the UN called the “referenda” “illegitimate”, and the organization’s Secretary General António Guterres declaredwhat “[такому решению как аннексия] there is no place in the modern world, and it is unacceptable.” “I want to emphasize that the so-called “referendums” were held in the occupied regions, where an active armed conflict continues, in the territories that are under Russian occupation, outside the legal and constitutional control of Ukraine. They cannot reflect the true will of the population,” Guterres said.
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky also commented on the upcoming annexation. “Russia will not receive a new territory of Ukraine. Russia will add itself to the catastrophe that it has brought to the occupied territories. Russia will attach itself to the so-called DPR and LPR,” Zelensky said. Earlier, in the event of annexation, he promised to give up the very possibility of negotiating with Moscow.