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Ambassador to Spain explains Russia’s stance on referendums — embassy

Yury Korchagin stressed that the referendums had been held in accordance with the right of peoples to self-determination envisaged in the UN Charter and other major documents of international law

MADRID, October 4./TASS/. Russian Ambassador to Spain Yury Korchagin, who was summoned to the Spanish Foreign Ministry on Monday, explained Russia’s position on the referendums in the DPR, LPR, the Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, the embassy reported.

"On October 3, Russian Ambassador to Spain Yury Korchagin was summoned to the Spanish Foreign Ministry, where Spain’s position on the issue of recent referendums in the LPR, DPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions was set forth to him," the embassy said.

"The ambassador, for his part, explained Russia’s stance on that issue, stressing that the referendums had been held in accordance with the right of peoples to self-determination envisaged in the UN Charter and other major documents of international law," the embassy stressed.

"He (Korchagin - TASS) reiterated that the Kiev regime had done everything possible to show that it did not represent the legitimate interests of the population of these regions, causing human casualties and destruction there by endless bombardment since 2014, while ignoring the Minsk agreements," the embassy stressed.

From September 23 to September 27, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) as well as the Kherson Region and the Zaporozhye Region held a referendum where the majority of voters opted to join Russia.

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of the DPR and the LPR, the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions signed treaties on their accession to Russia. In his speech at the signing ceremony, Putin called on Kiev to immediately cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table.

The president said that the people’s choice at the referendums on these territories was their inalienable right enshrined in the UN Charter.