The annexation by Russia of four Ukrainian territories controlled by Russian and pro-Russian troops, which account for 15% of Ukraine, has provoked a strong reaction of condemnation from the West and through its most representative organizations, such as the EU, the NATO, the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), or the foreign ministers of the G-7, as well as other countries around the globe, who brand the accession ordered yesterday by the Russian president as "illegal", Vladimir Putin.
In the range of international organizations, there is the notable absence of the UN Security Council, which saw its attempted declaration of illegality frustrated by Russia's veto. And while none of the other 14 members voted in favor of Moscow, China, India, Brazil and Gabon abstained. They are countries that maintain an equidistant position, that condemn the war, but that do not give the United States carte blanche, and even criticize the West.
The strongest reactions came from Kyiv's main allies in the more than seven-month war. US President Joe Biden has condemned what he called a "fraudulent attempt" to annex Ukrainian territories and accused Russia of "violating international law." Likewise, the US president recalled that the United States and its allies have announced new sanctions against individuals and entities inside and outside Russia that have politically or economically supported "illegal" attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory.
The European Union supported Ukraine in its struggle to recover the "illegally" annexed territories. "Ukraine is exercising its legitimate right to defend itself from Russian aggression in order to regain full control of its territory and has the right to liberate the occupied territories within its internationally recognized borders," the members of the European Council said in a joint statement.
The leaders of the Twenty-Seven further stressed that “the nuclear threats of the Kremlin, the military mobilization and the strategy of trying to falsely present the territory of Ukraine as that of Russia, and to pretend that the war can now take place on the territory of Russia, they will not shake our resolve.”
Spain, France, the Netherlands and Portugal reinforced their rejection with statements by their representatives. The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, stressed that Spain will never recognize "illegal annexation". From the French Elysée they emphasized: "France opposes (the annexation) and stands with Ukraine to confront Russian aggression and recover its full sovereignty over the entire territory." For his part, the Dutch Foreign Minister, Wopke Hoekstra, branded the treaty signed by Putin as "violent imperialism", which the Portuguese government called "illegal and null".
Outside the community bloc, Turkey, Switzerland and the United Kingdom also joined the collective rejection. In London, British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly summoned the Russian ambassador to explain the annexation. They also spoke out against Peru and Canada, which joined the sanctions, while Japan studies them.