The United States did not consider the referendums the basis for banning Kyiv from using their weapons
Blinken was asked if the US would ban the use of its weapons against regions that held referendums to join Russia. He replied that the United States does not recognize the results and will continue to support Ukraine in the return of territories =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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The United States is not going to recognize the results of the referendums on joining Russia to the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions and will continue to support Kyiv in an attempt to return these territories, including with the help of its weapons, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said at a press conference.
< p>Blinken was asked if the United States allowed Ukraine to continue to use its weapons against regions where referendums were held if their inhabitants decided to become part of Russia.
“We and many other countries have already made it quite clear: we will never recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia. And I also said equally clearly that Ukraine has the absolute right to defend its territory, including to regain the territory that was illegally seized in one way or another by Russia, — said the Secretary of State.
According to him, for Washington “there is no question” change of ownership of the territories of Ukraine. “Ukrainians will continue what they need to do to return the lands taken from them, we will continue to support them in these efforts,” — Blinken emphasized.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden called the referendums a sham and a “false pretext for trying to annex parts of Ukraine by force,” saying that the United States would never recognize their results. The White House considered the vote to join Russia “an insult to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Referendums on joining Russia were held in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions from September 23 to 27. The turnout in all four regions exceeded 50% and the voting was declared valid. After processing 100% of the ballots, joining Russia in the LPR was supported by 98.4%, in the Kherson region— 87%, in the Zaporozhye region— 93.1%. In the DPR, almost 57% have been processed so far, according to these results, joining Russia was supported by 94.7% of those who voted.
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