EU promises united response to Putin’s recognition of the Donbass — Analysis
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen claimed Vladimir Putin’s historic move violates international law
Ursula von der Leyen (President of European Commission) warned that Europe would be under attack. “react with unity” to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. Von der Leyen charged Putin with violating Minsk accords. This accusation was previously made by Moscow against Ukraine.
“The recognition of the two separatist territories in #Ukraine is a blatant violation of international law, the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the #Minsk agreements,”Von der Leyen tweets Monday.
“The EU and its partners will react with unity, firmness and with determination in solidarity with Ukraine.”
Recognition of these two territories as separatists #UkraineIt is a flagrant violation of international laws, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. #MinskAgreements. The EU and its Partners will respond with unity, firmness, and determination to support Ukraine.
— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) February 21, 2022
Von der Leyen’s statement came immediately after Putin signed the papers recognizing the independence of the two breakaway regions, which split from Kiev’s control during the Western-backed Maidan coup of 2014. Although peace was reached between the two regions (collectively known as Donbass), it wasn’t until Putin signed the papers recognizing the independence of the two breakaway regions. This happened after the Western-backed Maidan coup in 2014.
While both the breakaway territories and Ukrainian forces regularly accuse each other of breaching the Minsk ceasefire, a flareup of artillery and small arms fire on the edges of the Donbass in recent days prompted leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR respectively) to petition Moscow for recognition.
Despite Putin accusing Ukrainian forces of committing the crime “genocide”Russian speakers in Donbass have heard the Russian President refer to the Minsk Agreements as a key for resolving this situation.
Putin declared the following in a broadcast address, before the region was granted recognition “Kiev regime constantly talks about how it is not interested in the Minsk protocol or in any kind of peaceful solutions,”Russia has no other choice than to recognise the region. Is Ukraine refusing to recognize the regions? “stop any and all military action against the Donbass,”He warned. “the consequences will be on Ukraine.”
The EU’s response will be economic. In a follow-up statement, von der Leyen said “the union will react with sanctions against those involved in this illegal act.”
Putin, who has seen Russia’s long-standing security demands repeatedly rebuffed by the West, said on Monday that Russia is being “blackmailed”With threats of sanctions
“The more sovereign Russia becomes, the stronger their sanctions will become,”He stated. “They don’t even need a formal reason. Their reason is that we exist.”
“In a situation when our offers of dialogue are being refused, Russia is allowed to take measures to guarantee its security,”Putin added: “We will do this.”
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