The Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Russia will not recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territory

Lim Su-seok, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

(Seoul = Yonhap News) On September 6, 2022, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lim Su-seok gives a briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Doryeom-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul. 2022.10.1 [연합뉴스 자료사진]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Seung-wook Kim = The government announced on the 1st that it would not recognize Russia’s annexation of occupied territories in Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement in the name of spokesman Lim Su-seok on the 1st and said, “Our government strongly condemns Russia’s attack on Ukraine in violation of the United Nations Charter.”

“The sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine must be respected,” he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces: Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporiza and Kherson the day before and signed a related agreement.

Russia held a referendum in these four regions for five days starting on the 23rd, and the electoral commissions of the four regions announced that the residents voted in favor of the annexation with Russia with an overwhelming majority of 87-99% of the votes in favor.

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