US President Joe Biden hosts the US-Pacific Island Country Summit with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) at the State Department in Washington, DC, on September 29, 2022. Oliver Contreras / AFP
“I want to be very clear about this. The United States will never, never never recognize Russia’s claims on Ukraine sovereign territory,” Biden said as he met Pacific Island leaders in Washington.
“The so-called referenda was a sham, an absolute sham. The results were manufactured in Moscow,” he said.
“The true will of the Ukrainian people is evident every day as they sacrifice their lives to save their people and maintain the independence of their country,” Biden said.
Referring to President Vladimir Putin, Biden said, “Russia’s assault on Ukraine in pursuit of Putin’s imperial ambitions is a flagrant violation of the UN Charter and the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
According to the Kremlin, Putin will make a speech on Friday to officially declare the annexation of four regions of Ukraine.
Despite Ukrainian victories on the ground against Russia, which invaded on February 24, Putin has threatened to use nuclear weapons to preserve the regions.
The Kremlin-staged ballots were earlier described as a threat to world peace by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The votes were cast in Kremlin-controlled areas and followed a script created in 2014 when Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula.
Blinken previously referred to the most recent elections as being a part of a “diabolical plot,” claiming that Russians were bussed in and Ukrainian inhabitants were driven away, and that the results themselves were also in doubt.
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