UK warns Moscow not to recognize breakaway regions of Ukraine

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The British government on Thursday warned the Kremlin against formally recognizing two pro-Moscow breakaway territories in Ukraine, days after Russia’s parliament voted to urge President Vladimir Putin to do so.

“The Duma’s demand that Vladimir Putin recognize the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent shows blatant disregard for Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement. a statement.

The agreements – named after the Belarusian capital where they were struck in 2014 – aimed to end the war between the Ukrainian government and secessionists and remain the only existing framework to resolve the conflict peacefully.

“If this request were accepted, it would represent a new attack on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, signal the end of the Minsk process and demonstrate a Russian decision to choose the path of confrontation rather than dialogue,” Truss said.

“We urge Russia to end its destabilizing behavior against Ukraine and to implement the commitments it has freely signed, including the Minsk agreements.”

Russia’s parliament, the Duma, voted on Tuesday to urge Putin to recognize the independence of Ukraine’s two breakaway regions, amid tensions with the West over nearby Moscow‘s troop buildup.

Russia has issued passports to hundreds of thousands of residents of separatist-held enclaves, where Ukrainian government troops are fighting insurgents in a conflict that has claimed more than 14,000 lives since 2014.

The Duma’s proposal drew strong condemnation from the United States on Wednesday, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying it would “constitute a flagrant violation of international law”.

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