EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell slams ‘sham referendums’ held by Russia in Ukraine
24 September 2022 | 5:15 am
In the week when Russian President Vladimir Putin launched referendums in Russian-held parts of Ukraine and made a thinly veiled threat to use nuclear weapons against the West, Talking Europe speaks to the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell.
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