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Canada The ex-Soviet republics worried after the annexation of four Ukrainian regions by Russia

16:00  01 october  2022
16:00  01 october  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

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Les anciens pays soviétiques ont pris des positions parfois opposées à la Russie au sujet de l'Ukraine, malgré la forte présence de communautés russes. Ici, des personnes quittent la ville russe de Chmi pour gagner la Géorgie, le 28 septembre 2022. © AP The former Soviet countries have taken positions sometimes opposed to Russia about Ukraine, despite the strong presence of Russian communities . Here, people leave the Russian city of CHMI to win Georgia, September 28, 2022.

after the formalization of the annexation Friday September 30 by Russia of four Ukrainian regions, in the continuation of referendums, concern still believes in most ex-Soviet republics. If these have mainly remained strategic allies of Russia, some do not hesitate to criticize the Kremlin, all the more after the questioning of the fall of the USSR.

of our correspondent to Tbilisi,

occupied Ukrainian areas vot for connection to Russia

 occupied Ukrainian areas vot for connection to Russia London/Saporischschja (Reuters) - The four Russian areas in Ukraine have been overwhelming by the government in Kyiv and western countries with an overwhelming majority for to join Russia.

The reactions among the former Soviet republics to The annexation of the four Ukrainian regions were not so numerous, many of these republics being undoubtedly very cautious. That said, despite the patent aggressiveness of Russia, some of these ex-Soviet republics said they condemn these annexations deemed illegitimate.

This is the case of a country, however usually more than prudent like Uzbekistan: a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls that the country respects sovereignty, territorial integrity and the principle of non-interference in business interior of other states.

Others, with a clearly pro-Western line, hammered their opposition. Moldova, by the voice of President Maïa Sandu, said that Donetsk, Lougansk, Kherson, Zaporijia and Crimea are Ukraine . Georgia has not yet commentary, while the power shows more and more signs of alignment on Russia .

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  Canada ‘will not ever’ recognize ‘sham’ referendums, Trudeau reaffirms to Zelenskyy Russian officials, meanwhile, have suggested the results of the referendums in occupied Ukraine could be used as a reason to escalate the war. Dmitry Medvedev, a former Russian president and now deputy chairman of President Vladimir Putin’s Security Council, took to social media to warn that anyone entering what Russia considers to be its territory is committing a "crime" that would allow Russia "to use all the forces of self-defence."Putin issued a similar warning in a seven-minute televised address shortly before the referendums were held.

A great caution

If most ex-members of the USSR continue to be prudent , these republics have said things, despite everything, since the start of the war. For example, the president of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokaïev, despite the 7,000 km of common borders of his country with Russia, despite a large Russian population who lives in the north of country , said on Friday September 30 for example that 'Atomic energy must be used for the benefit of nations, not as a destructive weapon.

is a clear criticism addressed to his Russian counterpart. It was not the first time in seven months that he has been pronounced, and that he has been criticized greenly by the Russian press. But he persists and signs.

Questioning the dissolution of the USSR despite referendums at the time

according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, "no one asked people when they fall in where they wanted to live". However, as was recalled on social networks, in many of these republics, there were referendums in 1991 where these peoples expressed themselves quite freely: 84% of the 32 million Ukrainians of the time took part in Voting organized on December 1, 1991, 90% voted for independence; 98% of Uzbeks did the same, 95% of kazakhs.

Thus, these words from the Russian president resonated throughout the ex-USSR as the threat of returning to choices, however clearly expressed more than 30 years ago.

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© Francisco Seco of the Ukrainian soldiers near Lyman, this Tuesday, October 4. The same scenes reproduce, in the east as the South. The inhabitants who come out of the houses venture into the street, first a little shy, moved, and suddenly, the dikes let go and everyone kisses like good bread the Ukrainian soldiers. The latter, helmets and arms taped with blue, receive apples or cookies, as a thank you. But the Ukrainian army does not really have time to stop.

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