Reality Check: Lavrov reminds OSCE that Minsk Agreements recognized Donbass republics

February 21, 2017 – Fort Russ –
Anti-Fascist, translated by J. Arnoldski –
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov, expressed bewilderment at OSCE General Secretary Lamberto Zannier’s complaint that the Russian president recognized the leadership of the Donbass republics on February 18th by signing the decree on temporarily recognizing DPR/LPR documents.
According to Sergey Lavrov, the leadership of the Donbass republics was recognized much earlier. At a press conference following talks with his Swedish counterpart, Margot Wallstrom, Lavrov explained:
“I want to explain to Mr. Zannier and everyone who is complaining of alleged violations of international law that the recognition of the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics was done with the signing of the Minsk Agreements, which were unanimously approved by UN Security Council resolutions. They were recognized as one side of the conflict, and as such they are working on implementing the Minsk Agreements.”
Furthermore, Lavrov stressed that in the absence of progress with the Minsk Agreements on the fault of the Ukrainian authorities, the republics’ authorities have the right to not have to worry about surviving on their own territory.
“And we will help them with this in every way,” Lavrov said.
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