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Former communist NATO countries condemn Russia’s accession

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Russia last Friday announced the official merger of four Ukrainian regions it partially controls: Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson.

The presidents of nine former communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe, members of NATO, declared this Sunday (02.10.2022) that they would never recognize the annexation of four Ukrainian territories by Russia, expressing their full solidarity with Ukraine. Will give

“We reiterate our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and we will never recognize Russia’s attempts to annex Ukraine’s territory,” it said in a joint statement. The text bears the signatures of the heads of state of the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

Of these nine countries, only North Macedonia and Montenegro do not yet belong to the European Union (EU). The statement continued, “We support Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression, we demand that Russia immediately withdraw from all occupied territories, and we encourage all allies to increase their military assistance to Ukraine. ”

The text made public by the Romanian president concludes, “All those who have committed crimes of aggression must be held accountable and brought to justice.” The declaration is missing the signatures of leaders of four other former communist countries, NATO and members of the European Union: Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Bulgaria.

Russia last Friday announced the official merger of four Ukrainian regions it partially controls: Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. Almost the entire international community has already made it clear that it will not recognize these agreements, which violate international law and constitute a dangerous escalation of conflict in Ukraine.

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