When Kyiv begins to implement Minsk-2, everything will be fine – Lavrov on the recognition of LPR, DPR – World
MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. The issue of recognition of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) should be seen in the context of Russia’s continued desire to ensure that Kyiv respects the Minsk agreements, the Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov in an interview with radio stations.
“The issue of recognition should be seen in the context of our firm line to compel the West to force Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements. Then everything will be fine, as it is, in fact, planned in this document , endorsed by the UN Security Council,” he said.
The senior Russian diplomat also stressed that the Minsk agreements include the preservation of Ukraine’s unity and territorial integrity.
As previously reported, in early February the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots will discuss a draft speech from the lower house to the President on recognition of the LPR and DPR introduced by the communist faction.
On January 19, the Communist Party faction led by Gennady Zyuganov submitted the draft speech to the State Duma calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of the DPR and the LPR. According to the document, the State Duma addresses the head of state, asking him to consider the issue of recognizing the self-proclaimed republics as “autonomous, sovereign and independent states”. The text indicates that the legislator considers the recognition of the DPR and the LPR as “motivated and morally justified”.