Duma deputies called on Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. For his part, the Russian president advocated the implementation of the Minsk agreements to resolve this crisis.
MPs in the Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, voted in favor of a resolution calling on the Kremlin to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.
351 deputies supported this initiative presented by the Communist Party. 16 deputies voted against, one abstained. “I am sure that the Russian people today fully support our decree and are ready to give up more than their 13th paycheck,” said Kazbek Taïsaïev, one of the deputies supporting the text.
Reacting to the parliamentary initiative, the French Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, considered that recognition of the self-proclaimed republics would amount to “aggression without arms”. “It would be an attack on the sovereignty of Ukraine,” warned the head of French diplomacy before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.
Vladimir Putin calls for resolving the Donbass crisis within the framework of the Minsk agreements
Asked about the parliamentary initiative during his joint conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Vladimir Putin considered that the deputies were “guided by the opinion of their voters, and they feel it subtly”.
“And in this regard, it is quite obvious that in our country the vast majority of people sympathize with the people of Donbass and support them. And they hope that the situation there will change radically, that it will improve for them,” he continued.
The Russian President also recalled his attachment to the resolution of the crisis relating to Donbass within the framework of the Minsk agreements.
“I will proceed from the principle that we must do everything to solve the problems of Donbass, but to do so, as the Federal Chancellor said, mainly on the basis of the not fully realized opportunities for the implementation of the Minsk agreements. And we sincerely hope that our partners across the ocean and in Europe, primarily the Federal Republic [d’Allemagne] and France, will exert an appropriate influence on the current authorities in Kiev, and that this solution will be found”, he pleaded.
The situation in the Donbass was addressed by Vladimir Putin and Olaf Scholz, who came to Moscow to discuss the tensions between several Western countries and Russia around Ukraine.
“What is happening precisely in the Donbass is a genocide”, declared Vladimir Putin in particular on February 15 during his joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The Russian president then bounced back on the words of the German leader, who justified the controversial NATO intervention in Yugoslavia. “In Yugoslavia it was a different situation, there was a threat of genocide and it took [intervenir]“, he assured.
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