MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. The Austrian Foreign Ministry has summoned Russian Ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky following the referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions, the ministry wrote on Twitter on Monday.
The Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian diplomat "to express a clear message", calling the referendums "an unacceptable breach of international law". The ministry said it had coordinated its moves with EU partners.
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.