Poland considers separatist vote in eastern Ukraine illegal – PM Tusk
May 13, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
The Polish government will not recognize the results of the "pseudo-referenda" held in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine on Sunday as they do not comply with “any norms”, Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Monday.
” I hope that this time, unlikely in the case of Crimea annexation - no one in the world has any doubts that what we deal with is a brutal interfering of one state with internal affairs of another state.”, Tusk said.
Poland’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the votes in eastern Ukraine had been organized by illegal armed groups and that they violate international law.
"Poland considers the so-called 'referendum' as illegal and undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity, the ministry said. “The referenda will lead to a further deterioration of the tense situation in eastern Ukraine”, the statement also read.
Poland supports steps designed to seek a peaceful solution of the conflict in Ukraine and efforts taken by international organizations, especially the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the statement said.
Residents of two regions of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian insurgents have seized government buildings and clashed with police and Ukrainian troops over the past month, turned out in significant numbers Sunday to vote in support of self-rule in a referendum. The Ukrainian government called the ballots illegal and funded by neighboring Russia.