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Putin defends Russia’s right to recognize Donbass, as the West recognized Kosovo

While United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres explained his concern about the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the city of Mariupol, Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred on Tuesday to move the start of their conversation to Kosovo in order to compare the case with pro-Russian entities in the east of Donbass, in Ukraine.

After meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Guterres was received by Putin in the Kremlin. The meeting lasted an hour, and only the first bars were made public through the footage of the Russia 24 TV channel.

long table

The head of the Kremlin talks with Guterres at the same long white table where he received Macron and Scholz

They showed Putin and Guterres talking at the same long table where the Russian president hosted French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in February.

In this scenario, the Russian president reminded the guest of a UN court resolution on Kosovo that protected his right to assert his sovereignty without the consent of a central authority, in this case Serbia.

“I know him very well, I personally read all the documents of the international court on the situation in Kosovo, I remember very well the decision (…), which says that, exercising the right to self-determination, the territory of any state is not obliged to seek permission to declare its sovereignty from the central authorities of the country, “the Russian leader said. And he emphasized the support that this decision of the UN court had: “I personally read all the comments, both from legal and administrative bodies, politicians from the United States, from European countries. Everything was supported.”

in Mariupol

The President of Russia admits that the situation is “complex and tragic, but also simple” because there are “no more fighting.”

If that was the case, then the Donbass republics could do the same, Putin said, referring to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). By analogy with this, the republics of Donbass had the same right to declare their sovereignty, “because a precedent had been created,” the Russian president emphasized. “Right? Do you agree with that?” he asked Guterres.

The UN Secretary General responded by saying that the UN “does not recognize Kosovo”. “But the court recognized this,” the Russian leader objected. “And if this precedent is set, the Donbass republics could do the same.”

In addition, he argued that by doing so, Russia gained the right to recognize the DPR and LPR as independent states. “Many states of the world, including our opponents in the West, did the same with respect to Kosovo,” he stressed.

“Provocation”

Putin says Russia had nothing to do with what happened in Bucha and calls it a “set-up”

Guterres tried to change the subject and replied that his mission was to deal with the humanitarian situation in Ukraine, and especially the one faced by civilians in the city of Mariupol, which had been severely besieged by the Russian army for several weeks; and the Azovstal metallurgical plant, blocked by Russian troops and where, in addition to the last Ukrainian soldiers, there are also civilians.

The UN Secretary General explained that he had proposed to Minister Lavrov to create a trilateral contact group consisting of Russia, Ukraine and the UN to find solutions and create humanitarian corridors, which are accompanied by a ceasefire, so that it would be effective.

The President of Russia acknowledged that the situation in Mariupol is “difficult and tragic.” “But it’s also simple because the fighting there is over, as I explained to President Erdogan today,” he added, recalling his telephone conversation with the Turkish president the same day.

Negotiation

Putin tells Guterres he still hopes for a “positive outcome” in talks with Ukraine

Putin said that if there are civilians at the Azovstal metallurgical plant, then they should be released by the Ukrainian military. Otherwise, they will act “like terrorists, like terrorists of the Islamic State.”

The Russian leader assured that if the soldiers lay down their arms and surrender, they will be provided with medical services with all guarantees. And he assured that there are clear examples, because in Mariupol 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers surrendered to Russian troops.

Guterres also told Lavrov that an “independent investigation” of “possible war crimes” in Ukraine was needed.

In this sense, Putin assured him that the Russian army had nothing to do with the events in the city of Bucha. And he assured that it was a setup and in Moscow they know who organized this provocation.

According to the head of the Kremlin, Russia and Ukraine achieved a “quite a serious breakthrough” at the talks in Istanbul, “because our Ukrainian colleagues did not link the requirements of Ukraine’s international security with a certain understanding of Ukraine’s recognized international borders.”

In the course of these contacts, Kyiv proposed an international agreement that would establish guarantor countries for its security. In return, he will accept a “nuclear-free” and neutral status, refuse to join NATO, allow foreign military bases on his territory, and temporarily exclude issues related to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, and the breakaway territories of Donbass from negotiations.

“But, unfortunately, after reaching these agreements and after our, in my opinion, clearly demonstrated intentions to create favorable conditions for the continuation of negotiations, we faced a provocation in the city of Bucha, to which the Russian army has nothing to do. deal with it,” Putin said.

After that, “the position of our negotiators with Ukraine on the additional agreement after that radically changed,” the Russian president added.

This does not mean that Putin considers this way of resolving the conflict a failure. “Despite everything, I hope that we will achieve a positive result in the negotiations,” he told António Guterres.

It was the second day of the UN Secretary General’s tour of Turkey. There he met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After Moscow, he will travel to Kyiv, where he is scheduled to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Foreign Minister Dimitar Kuleba on Thursday.



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