Turkey condemns Putin’s recognition of ‘independence’ of non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donbas

22 February 2022, 02:35 PM

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry criticized Russia’s recognition of the non-government-controlled areas of Ukrainian Donbas as independent “republics” in an official statement published on Feb. 22.

“Russia’s decision to recognize the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk ‘republics’ is in violation of the Minsk Agreement, and is an open violation of Ukraine’s political unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity,” the message reads.

The ministry said the decision is “unacceptable, and we reject it.”

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On Feb. 15, the State Duma, Russia’s parliament, submitted a petition to Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize the proxy republics. Commenting on the decision, the Russian leader said that the country “should do everything to solve the problems of the Donbas.”

On Feb. 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the two

Russian self-declared statelets in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donbas region, and immediately ordered Russian troops into Ukrainian territory on a self-proclaimed “peacekeeping” mission – in fact an invasion of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stated that Russia's recognition of the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine would mean a conscious withdrawal from the Minsk agreements, which would deal a serious blow to the peace process to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.

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