| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

Russia’s Lavrov says separatist votes on joining Russia are a matter for residents

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday it was up to the people living in separatist-controlled areas of Ukraine if they wanted to hold referendums on joining Russia.

“From the very beginning … we’ve been saying that the peoples of the respective territories should decide their fate,” Lavrov said on state TV when asked about several coordinated moves by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine on Tuesday to stage votes on joining Russia.

  • Reuters