9/30/2022, 3:33 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU will never recognize 'illegal annexation' of Ukrainian regions

The European Council stated Friday that the bloc will never recognize the "illegal annexation" of the Ukrainian regions.

"We firmly reject and unequivocally condemn the illegal annexation by Russia of Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions," said a statement by the Members of the European Council published while Russian President Vladimir Putin was signing the accession of such territories."We will strengthen our restrictive measures to counter Russia's illegal actions. They will further increase pressure on Russia to end its war of aggression."

At the same time, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter that "the annexation proclaimed by Putin won't change anything." Minutes later, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell added, "Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty is non-negotiable."

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