Press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov has called the unrecognized "DNR/LNR" "states", and representatives of the occupation administrations - their "citizens". Actual recognition of the occupied territories of Donbass beyond the control of Ukraine was made in response to the question of whether there are any contradictions in the fact that citizens with Russian citizenship are present at the negotiations in Minsk within the framework of the "LNR" and "DNR" Contact Group.
"Dual citizenship is acceptable there (in the "DNR/LNR"). Russia began to issue Russian passports out of humanitarian considerations, because these are people who were rejected by their state", - Peskov said.
According to Peskov, these citizens "primarily represent the interests of the Ukrainian region - the self-proclaimed "republics" and are "citizens" of these self-proclaimed "republics", having "passports" of the "LNR" and "DNR". He did not specify whether the occupation officials with the fake "DNR/LNR" passports and passports of the Russian Federation recognize themselves citizens of Ukraine.
At the same time, he emphasized that Russia still considers the Donbass conflict to be internal.
As previously reported, Russian authorities do not recognize the Russian Federation as the aggressor and occupier. At the same time, Russia supplies military equipment and ammunition to the occupied Donbass. Regular Russian troops and Russian mercenaries take an active part in the battles in Donbass. Financing and actual leadership of the "DNR/LNR" is also carried out from Russia.