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Today, Tuesday, Austria announced the recall of the Russian ambassador to protest against the “violation of the sovereignty of Ukraine.”
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehamer said that his country summoned the Russian ambassador to protest the violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, stressing that his country supports the European Union in imposing gradual sanctions on Russia.
The adviser added: "We have a wide range of sanctions options that must be resorted to now in a targeted manner, Because we assume that we have not yet reached the peak of escalation.”
Nehamer reassured that energy supplies are safe, in the event that Russia stops supplies of natural gas immediately.
On Monday evening, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed two decrees requiring Russia to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics from Ukraine, against the backdrop of an ongoing military-political crisis in the Donbas region (where the two republics are located) since 2014.
Putin directed his country's armed forces to guarantee peace in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, whose independence Moscow has recognized and with which it has concluded two treaties of mutual cooperation.