Russia has not yet recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed "republics" of Donbass since they rely on the implementation of the Minsk agreements by Kiev. It was stated by head of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the straight line organized by Russian kp.ru, - informs life.ru.
"You can slam the door, you can follow the example of those who being unable to use diplomatic and political tools begin to threaten that we will recognize, introduce sanctions. I am convinced that it will be counterproductive, it will, at least, give a reason to move away from the present, even so "soft" position of pressure on Kiev," – said Lavrov.
According to Lavrov, the Minsk-2 document cannot be opposed and cannot be questioned now.
"Because if we say that "our patience is over, we will go the other way, "they will say - "excellent", while the West will affect the current Ukrainian authorities now (after this - OstroV)," - he concluded.
As reported, the Minsk agreements, first of all, provide for the restoration of territorial integrity of Ukraine by granting a temporary status of "districts with a special order of the local government" on the occupied territories of Donbass. As for the local elections, according to the Minsk agreements, they must be carried out according to the Ukrainian legislation. All the documents signed in Minsk have signature also of the puppet ruler of the "DPR" Alexander Zakharchenko. Such concepts as the "DPR" or "LPR" and such posts as "the heads of republics” are not mentioned in the Minsk documents.