19 Jan 2022 18:28

Communists propose Duma officially ask Putin to recognize self-proclaimed Donbas republics

MOSCOW. Jan 19 (Interfax) - The members of the Russian Communist Party's parliamentary faction led by Gennady Zyuganov have submitted a draft resolution to the State Duma asking President Vladimir Putin to recognize independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR).

The draft resolution was published on the Duma's database on Wednesday.

"The State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation is addressing you, distinguished Vladimir Vladimirovich, to ask you to consider the recognition by the Russian Federation of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic as self-sufficient, sovereign, and independent states and holding negotiations with the leadership of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic as soon as possible with the purpose of providing a legal foundation for inter-state relations to ensure the regulation of all aspects of cooperation and mutual assistance, including security matters," the draft resolution says.

The draft says that, if adopted by the Duma, it shall be forwarded to President Putin and published.

The Communist Party's faction insisted that the recognition of the DPR and LPR is "reasonable and morally justified," as it should provide conditions for guaranteeing the safety and protection of their residents from external threats, as well as strengthening international peace and regional stability in line with the United Nations Charter goals and principles.

The recognition of the DPR and LPR by Russia "would launch the process of international recognition of both states," the document says.

The Communist Party said that, by filing this draft resolution, its members are fulfilling their election program. "The Communist Party's election mottos included the promise to seek the DPR's and the LPR's recognition, and we are now putting this into practice," Leonid Kalashnikov, head of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, told Interfax.