The international community condemns the Russian decision in eastern Ukraine
VIENNA/ROTTERDAM/NUR-SULTAN/TBILISI – Global condemnations have poured in following Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s breakaway regions of Lugansk and Donetsk as independent states.
EU members Austria, the Netherlands, Czechia and Slovakia reacted to Russia’s decision to recognize Ukraine’s breakaway regions.
Austrian Prime Minister Karl Nehammer said on Twitter that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision was a flagrant violation of the Minsk agreement and an insult to diplomatic efforts for a peaceful solution.
“We stand with Ukraine in these difficult times. Russia’s act of recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk amid diplomatic efforts to find a peaceful solution to an escalation is breathtaking. Slovakia condemns this decision, united with its allies and partners,” Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said Russia’s move violates international law and is a flagrant violation against a sovereign country.
Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said in a tweet: “The recognition of separatist territories in Ukraine is a flagrant violation of international law, of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and of the Minsk agreements. The Netherlands strongly condemns this act and will respond strongly in close coordination with our EU and NATO partners.
OSCE, Georgia, Kazakhstan
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) also condemned the decision in a joint statement signed by Zbigniew Rau, Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General of the OSCE, Margareta Cederfel, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and Swedish legislator, and Roberto Montella, Secretary General of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
“This measure is a violation of international law and fundamental principles of the OSCE and goes against the Minsk agreements,” he said, calling on Russia to immediately revoke the decision.
On Twitter, Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili strongly condemned Russia’s recognition of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions, while expressing support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and peace.
Additionally, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi said his country would never recognize breakaway regions, calling on the international community to seek diplomatic efforts to defuse this tension.
Russia’s Putin officially recognized Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions as independent states on Monday and signed the relevant agreements in the Kremlin.
The United States, along with its European allies, said Russia was preparing the ground to invade Ukraine after mustering more than 100,000 troops and heavy equipment in and around its neighbor.
Russia has denied it was preparing to invade and instead accuses Western countries of undermining its security through NATO expansion to its borders.
In 2014, Moscow began backing separatist forces in eastern Ukraine against the central government, a policy it has maintained for seven years. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives, according to the UN. (Anadolu)