Polish President vows never recognised Russia's annexation of Ukraine

Polish President vows never recognised Russia's annexation of Ukraine

Andrzej Duda, the Polish president, has pledged that Poland will never recognise Russia annexation of Ukrainian territory.

Vladimir Putin has formally announced the annexation of four regions of Ukraine: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia citing the results of the referendums carried out by the Russians in the occupied territories on September 23 -- 27, which the West has dismissed as a sham.

In response to the news, Duda wrote on Twitter that Poland condemns RUS attempts to annex UA territory and will never recognise them. He pointed out in his tweet that we will continue to support the Defenders of UA until the aggressor is driven out.

Today's desperate action by the Kremlin is a defeat for those who naively believed in a compromise with RUS, Duda said.

The Polish Foreign Ministry published a statement that dissented the Kremlin's landgrabs.

The ministry said that the Ukrainian oblasts of Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, Kherson, and Donetsk remain part of Ukraine in the light of international law.

The Russian President has decreed on September 29 and 30 that the Republic of Poland does not recognise and will not recognize the results of the pseudo-referendums carried out in these areas on September 23 -- 27 this year, nor the annexation of these regions announced on September 29 and 30 this year, according to the statement.

The ministry said it absolutely recognises the territorial integrity of Ukraine within internationally recognised borders and called for further sanctions on Russia.

In a related matter, Marlena Malag, the labour and family minister, told PAP on Friday that Poland had decided to lift the facilitated access of Russians to the Polish labour market because of the Kremlin's military actions in Ukraine, migratory risks from Russia and growing fears of a Russian hybrid attack on Poland.