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Turkey comments on Putin’s decision to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk republics

Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Turkish government announced its rejection of Russia’s decision to recognize the independence of the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk against the backdrop of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, saying that it “contradicts” the Minsk agreements.

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Putin: We have decided to immediately recognize the sovereignty of Donetsk and Lugansk

“The decision of the Russian Federation to recognize the so-called republics of Donetsk and Luhansk constitutes a violation of the Minsk agreements and a flagrant violation of the political unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. We consider this decision unacceptable and reject it,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday evening.

The ministry stressed Turkey’s commitment to “maintaining the political unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” calling on all parties concerned to “follow common sense and international law.”

Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed two decrees requiring Russia to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics from Ukraine, against the backdrop of an ongoing military-political crisis in the Donbass region since 2014.

Putin said, in a speech on this occasion, that “the situation in Donbass has become acute and dangerous again,” considering that the people of the region are subjected to “genocide” by “the nationalist regime in Kiev that seized power as a result of the 2014 coup” and accused it of That he has repeatedly stressed that he does not intend to abide by the Minsk agreements to settle the dispute diplomatically.

The move was widely criticized by Western countries, who considered it a violation of international law and the sovereignty of Ukraine, saying that Russia was preparing for an “imminent invasion of Ukrainian territory.”

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Source: RT