Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that the recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) in Eastern Ukraine is “counter-productive”. He said this during the interview to the website “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
“The DPR and LPR to be counterproductive, it will give a reason for the West to stop pressure on Kiev to implement the “Minsk-2”, — said the Minister (quoted by TASS).
Lavrov also noted that Russia does not throw South-East of Ukraine, and actively supports the region. “We the South-East of Ukraine do not abandon, we do not forget about it, and we supported it very actively,” — said the Minister.
The foreign Minister also said, Western countries on the sidelines have a lot of pressure on Kiev. “In public they try not to talk, but when talking with Kiev without witnesses, hard enough to require what has been achieved in the negotiations. For educational purposes it is very important to ensure that agreements are fulfilled”, — said Lavrov.
In April 2015 the issue of recognizing the independence of the DNI and LC was asked by President Vladimir Putin in the program “Vesti on Saturday” on TV channel “Russia 1”. “I now not wanted on this account to say because whatever I say, it can be counterproductive,” — said the President and added that through a policy in respect of DND and LNR, the Russian side will “look at the realities that occur in life.”
The West has consistently linked the question of easing of sanctions with the implementation of the Minsk agreements. One of the key points of their implementation are the local elections in LC and DNR, which have been postponed to July 2016. According to the Minsk agreement, elections should be held according to Ukrainian legislation, however, the parties are unable to agree on a number of issues. Chief among them is the vote of refugees from Ukraine living on the territory of Ukraine, the security and access of Ukrainian politicians in the country.