Ukraine says Russian referendums will destroy possibility of talks

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Any referendums on Russian membership in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories will destroy any remaining window for negotiations between Kiev and Moscow, a spokesman for the Ukrainian president’s office said on Tuesday, according to Ukrainian publication Liga.net.

“Without referendums, there is still the slightest chance of a diplomatic solution. After the referendums – no,” Serhiy Nykyforov said, according to Liga.net.

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He made the comments in response to an announcement by Russian officials based in four occupied Ukrainian regions about plans for referendums in the coming days on formal accession to Russia.

Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak later wrote on Twitter that any referendums must be accompanied by an increase in economic sanctions on Russia and supplies of weapons to Ukraine, including ATACMS missiles that have a greater range than any Ukrainian weapons system known at the time. .

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“Is the Kremlin opposed to supplying modern tanks and ATACMS to Ukraine? It’s time to hand them over,” he said.

Source: CNN Brasil

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