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War in Ukraine: annexations have "no place in the modern world", for the head of the UN

2022-09-29T17:06:06.342Z

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION - Le Figaro takes stock of the latest information from journalists, Ukrainian and Russian statements, Western sources and international organizations.



Vladimir Putin wants to finalize the annexation of Ukrainian regions on Friday, the conflict in Ukraine is one of the results of the “

collapse of the Soviet Union

” according to the Russian president, a fourth leak detected on the Nord Stream gas pipelines...

Le Figaro

takes stock this Thursday, September 29 on the latest information related to the war in Ukraine.

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Putin wants to finalize the annexation of Ukrainian regions on Friday

Russian President Vladimir Putin will formalize Friday in Moscow the annexation by Russia of four Ukrainian regions, widely denounced by kyiv and its Western allies, but which he threatened to defend even with nuclear weapons.

The Kremlin will therefore host a ceremony on Friday at 2 p.m. French time during which the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Lugansk (east) and Kherson and Zaporijjia (south) will be formalized.

Vladimir Putin will deliver “

a voluminous speech

” on this occasion , according to his spokesperson Dmitri Peskov.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his part called an emergency meeting of his Security Council for Friday.

Read alsoUkraine: “Through these puppet referendums, Russia has just signified that it will go all the way”

Ukraine's military successes in early September forced Vladimir Putin to hastily organize annexation "

referendums

" and mobilize hundreds of thousands of Russians into the army, a move that drove crowds into an exodus from Russia.

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Annexations have 'no place in the modern world', says UN chief

The annexation of Ukrainian regions by Russia has "

no place in the modern world

", UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told reporters on Thursday.

Any decision to proceed with the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhya would have no legal value and deserves condemnation

,” he said.

It goes against everything the international community is supposed to stand for.

This flouts the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

It is a dangerous escalation.

It has no place in the modern world.

This must not be accepted

,” insisted the Secretary General.

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Moscow’s hand

Putin: Conflict in Ukraine is one of the results of the “collapse of the Soviet Union”

Vladimir Putin assured Thursday that the offensive he launched against Ukraine on February 24 was one of the results of the “

collapse of the Soviet Union

”, like the conflicts simmering in other places of the vast space of the former USSR.

He assured that a “

more just world order

” was being formed through “

a difficult process

”.

Nord Stream: a 4th leak, NATO denounces “irresponsible” sabotage

A fourth leak was revealed on Thursday on the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea.

The damage caused to these strategic installations between Russia and Germany, against the backdrop of the conflict in Ukraine and tensions between Russia and the West, must be the focus of a meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday in New York, claimed Wednesday by Russia when it was the subject of all suspicion.

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Without waiting, NATO on Thursday denounced "

deliberate and irresponsible

" sabotage, and revealed its suspicions by asserting its desire to defend itself against any "

hybrid

" attack using the "

lever of energy

".

Russia, which insisted on Wednesday the hostility displayed by the United States to Nord Stream, spoke of a "

terrorist act

" assuming

the "involvement

" of a foreign state, and affirmed that it wanted an "

urgent investigation

".

The fourth leak, in the Swedish area, revealed by the Swedish coastguard, adds to the three already known in this part of the Baltic, two on the Danish side and one on the Swedish side, which cause significant boiling on the surface.

Following suspicious explosions on Monday, the leaks are in international waters off the Danish island of Bornholm but within the respective exclusive economic zones of the two Scandinavian countries.

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Two underwater explosions

” were recorded before the Nord Stream 1 and 2 leaks, according to a seismic institute

Between Washington and Moscow, the “red telephone” heats up again

It's only a "

red phone

" in the movies, but crisis communications between Washington and Moscow, opened during the Cold War, have resumed amid Russian threats to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden's top security adviser, confirmed this.

To the journalist who asked him if the “

red telephone was working again

”, he replied on September 25 on the NBC channel: “

The answer to your question is yes.

Before specifying: “

We have the ability to speak directly at a high level (to the Russians), to tell them clearly what our message is and to hear theirs

”.

"

It has happened frequently in recent months, it has even happened in recent days

," said Jake Sullivan, who did not want to give details on the exact nature of the communication channels used, in order to "

the protect

", nor on the frequency of exchanges.

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Finland closes borders to Russians with tourist visa

Faced with a sharp increase in entries from Russia, Finland will close its borders from midnight Thursday evening to Russian citizens with European tourist visas from the Schengen area, the government announced.

The announcement of Moscow's " partial

" mobilization

for the war in Ukraine, which resulted in a jump in entries into the Nordic country from Russia, "

had a significant impact

" on the decision, said the minister Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto.

The Nordic country thus aligns itself de facto with the decision taken at the beginning of September by Poland and the three Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania), the four other countries of the European Union bordering Russia.

Source: lefigaro

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