Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on RNZ radio that New Zealand does not recognize the results of the vote and considers the referenda to be a sham.

In addition, the New Zealand authorities plan to tighten anti-Russian sanctions.

On September 30, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and the heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions signed agreements on the accession of these regions to Russia.