Russian MPs on Tuesday approved an appeal for the head of state, Vladimir Putin, to recognize the independence of pro-Russian separatist territories in Ukraine, which have been supported by Moscow since 2014.
“The appeal to the President of Russia on the need to recognize the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Lugansk (Donbas) will be forwarded (to Vladimir Putin) without delay,” said the Speaker of the Lower House of the Russian Parliament (Duma), Viatcheslav Volodine, through a message broadcast by the social network Twitter.
The Duma president also said that the proposal was approved today in a plenary session.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, at the moment “there is no official decision” on the Duma’s appeal for the recognition of the independence of Donbas, and the matter requires “a reflection of the people of Russia”.
The recognition of the territories’ independence would mark the end of the peace process for eastern Ukraine (Minsk Accords) signed under the mediation of France and Germany, which defended the return of the regions to Kyiv’s control.
“In case of recognition, Russia would de facto and de jure withdraw from the Minsk accords with all the consequences that will follow. We have already warned against this position”, said today the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba.
In recent months, Moscow has accused Ukraine of wanting to derail the agreements, and the peace process has in fact been paralyzed since the end of 2019.
Russia is accused by Western countries of instigating the conflict in eastern Ukraine and of supporting separatists in the war that erupted shortly after the invasion and annexation of the Crimean peninsula, after the arrival of pro-Western Ukrainian politicians to power in Kyiv early on. of 2014.
Moscow has favored separatism in several former Soviet republics since the 1990s, notably recognizing the independence of the pro-Russian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia.
Source: With Agencies