The international community should prepare for the possibility that Russia may use pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine to announce an attack on “its territory” with NATO weapons.
“This is exactly what we need to be prepared for, that Russia will use these fake votes to further escalate the war in Ukraine,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told CNN.
However, he emphasized that the pseudo-referendum vote has no legitimacy and does not change anything.
“NATO’s response is to increase support. The best way to end this war is to continue to strengthen Ukrainians on the battlefield so that someday they can sit down and reach a solution acceptable to Ukraine and preserve Ukraine as a sovereign independent state. country in Europe,” he added.
Stoltenberg also noted the support of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a statement that people should not participate in these “referendums”.