Lithuania won’t recognize referenda in Ukraine's occupied territories – parlt

  • 2022-09-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuania will not recognize the results of referenda held in Ukraine's territories occupied by Russia, the Lithuanian Seimas said on Thursday.

Moreover, Lithuanian lawmakers also urged Schengen countries not to allow Russian tourists in.

"The unlawful referenda planned by the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine are a clear violation of international law, the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of Ukraine, and (the Seimas) declares that it will never recognize the results of these referenda," the adopted resolution states.

116 MPs voted in favor of it, there were no votes against and abstentions.

The resolution calls on the international community to warn the aggressor state of Russia and its top political leadership not to organize and hold unlawful referenda in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, not to recognize them and to impose sanctions for organizing unlawful referenda and to hold those who organized them accountable.

The Seimas also called on Schengen countries to follow in the steps of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland and to restrict the entry for Russian citizens into their territories.

Pro-Russian leaderships of Ukraine's occupied regions are reportedly planning to hold referenda later this year on the annexation of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia to Russia. The pro-Kremlin authorities of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have also expressed their interest in joining Russia.

In 2014, Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea following a referendum held on the Black Sea peninsula.

The majority of the international community did not recognize the result of that referendum.