[size=36]Russia announces the establishment of diplomatic relations with the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk[/size]
The statement stressed that "the Russian side aims to develop full cooperation with the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, including through the direction of foreign ministries, in the interests of the citizens of our countries, and to promote peace, stability and security in the region."
On Monday, the Russian President 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 Donbass region since 2014.
Putin also concluded with the Presidents of Donetsk and Luhansk, Denis Pushilin and Denis Pasichnik, two agreements of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance By which he directed the Russian armed forces to “implement missions to ensure peace” in their territories and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to establish diplomatic relations with them. Ended 29 / p. 87