US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken today criticized the decision of Russian lawmakers to freely recognize two Russian-backed separatist areas in eastern Ukraine, saying it was illegal and would attract a quick response.
Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, voted on Tuesday to recognize President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the self – proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The EU said Russia should not go any further.
“The implementation of this resolution would further undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, a total violation of international law, and call into question Russia’s commitment to continue engaging in diplomacy to achieve a peaceful solution to this crisis,” Blingen said.
The move would require a “quick and firm response from the United States in full coordination with allies and partners,” he said.
The Duma move, if passed, could trigger a broader stalemate over Russian military expansion near Ukraine, prompting Western fears that Moscow could be attacked. Russia has vehemently blamed the West for rejecting any invasion plan.
Recognition of self-proclaimed territories could kill the Minsk peace process in eastern Ukraine, where clashes between government forces and pro-Moscow separatists have killed 15,000 in a region known as Donbass.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Putin had “taken note” of parliament’s demands but would not comply with the 2014-2015 Minsk agreements, which were intended to end the conflict.
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