Czech Officials Denounce Putin’s Decision to Recognize Republics in Eastern Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic strongly condemns the decision of the Russian Federation to recognize the independence of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic.

“This is a clear violation of the UN Charter, the Minsk Agreements and the Budapest Memorandum of 1994. After the illegal occupation and annexation of Crimea in 2014, this is yet another step by which the Russian Federation has long trampled on the fundamental principles of international law and its own obligations regarding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine,” states the official website.

The recognition of the independence of the so-called people’s republics is another step in the escalation of the already tense situation and threatens the security of the whole of Europe.

“The Czech Republic, together with its NATO and EU allies, supports international diplomatic efforts to avert aggression against Ukraine and preserve peace. The Czech Republic will respond in unity with its allies. We reaffirm our long-standing, principled support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” said minister Jan Lipavsky.

“We call on the Russian Federation to reconsider its steps and return to the negotiating table in the interests of the security of the entire continent,” he added.

The Donetsk and Luhansk regions have been contested by Ukraine and Russia-backed rebels for years, with continuing violence despite numerous ceasefire agreements.

Analysts say that in the wake of the republics’ recognition Russia might send troops into eastern Ukraine under the guise of protecting its citizens.

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