PRAGUE, September 30 – Novosti. The Czech Republic does not recognize the referenda on the accession of four Ukrainian regions to the Russian Federation and continues to consider them Ukrainian, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala wrote on Twitter on Friday.
“The Czech Republic does not recognize referendums on the accession of four Ukrainian regions to Russia. The annexation of these territories by the Russian Federation is unacceptable and illegitimate. The Czech Republic continues to consider these territories Ukrainian,” Fiala wrote.
September 30, 16:08EU says it will never recognize referendum results
The West, not recognizing the referenda on joining Russia, is showing double standards, Russia’s permanent representative Vasily Nebenzya pointed out to the UN Security Council , recalling the recognition of Kosovo . There are other examples in history of the recognition by the West of the separation and annexation of territories without the consent of the states to which they belonged. Texas seceded from Mexico in 1836 and then became part of the United States ; in 1990 and 1991, Slovenia and Croatia held referendums on independence from Yugoslavia without the consent of its authorities and were recognized; in 1991 referendums on independence from the USSR were held in Estonia ,Ukraine , Georgia , Moldova , Turkmenistan , Armenia and Azerbaijan – against the will of the Soviet leadership and the entire Soviet people, who at the all-Union referendum spoke in favor of preserving the Union; and during the unification of the FRG and the GDR, no one asked the opinion of the population at all – the absorption of East Germany by West took place without a referendum.
At the same time, the results of referendums within the Western countries themselves are ignored. In 2017, 90% of the inhabitants of the autonomy voted for the independence of Catalonia from Spain , after which Madrid began large-scale repressions against supporters of independence. At the end of 2017, the inhabitants of the Italian Veneto and Lombardy demanded more autonomy from Rome in referenda , but the process of granting new powers from the central authorities stalled.