He tell journalists in New York.
“The rules are very clear. Any annexation of the territory of a State by another State through the threat or use of force is violate the Principles of uncharted and international law. ”
Responsibility to respect
The UN chief spoke after the Kremlin announced that a ceremony would be held in Moscow on Friday to officially kick off the process of merging the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
This development follows the recent so-called referendums, where residents of these areas participated in a voting process – which the UN’s head of political affairs said. Tuesday cannot be considered legitimate – on whether they want to become part of the Russian Federation.
The Secretary-General emphasized that as one of the five permanent members of the Security CouncilRussia “shares a specific responsibility” for respect the Charter of the United Nations.
“Any decision to proceed with the annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine will have has no legal value and deserving of condemnation“I said.
Against the international order
The move, he added, is “incompatible with the international legal framework” and is “against everything the international community intends to support”.
“It highlights the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations. It is a dangerous escalation. It has no place in the modern world. It is not accepted. ”
Guterres emphasized the UN’s clear commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty, unity, independence and territorial integrity.
Peace in peril
He said the “so-called ‘referendum'” – conducted during the ongoing armed conflict, in the occupied regions, and outside the legal and constitutional framework of Ukraine – does not can be called a true expression of the popular will.
“Any decision by Russia to continue will further jeopardize the prospects for peace. It will prolong the dramatic effects on the global economy, especially developing countries, and hinder our ability to deliver life-saving aid across Ukraine and beyond,” he said. speak.
“It is time to step back from the brink. Now more than ever, we must work together toput an end to this cruel and pointless war aand uphold the Charter of the United Nations and international law. ”