Political scientists appreciated the proposal of the communists
The State Duma will consider the proposal to recognize the independence of the DNR and LNR. According to speaker Viacheslav Volodin, consultations on this topic will begin next week. Earlier, deputies from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation came forward with a corresponding initiative, sending President Vladimir Putin a draft appeal “on the need to recognize the republics of Donbass. Political scientists assessed the situation.
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After information about the communist proposal appeared in the media, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov avoided commenting on this matter. Today he clarified that this topic needs to be approached carefully, because the situation is “so tense and so sensitive” that steps should be avoided that could increase this tension. The Kremlin warned the Communist Party of the Russian Federation about the inadmissibility of attempts to earn political points “on such a thin and fragile matter.”
Talks about recognizing the self-proclaimed republics coincided with the negotiations between Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and the US State Department Blinken in Geneva. The main topic of the meeting – European security, as well as the demand of Russian diplomats to abandon NATO expansion at the expense of Ukraine.
According to Deputy Director of the Institute of CIS Countries Vladimir Zharikhin, talk of Russia's possible recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics could set the right backdrop for the negotiation process. “As a definite argument at the meeting with Lavrov and Blinken, this is a rather useful document, but nothing more. From my point of view, recognition certainly needs to be kept in mind, but while negotiations are going on, this is not the time to take these actions. That is, we must remember that there is such a resource, and if they don’t want to negotiate with us, then we can use this tool,” the expert noted
He stressed that even if after this decision regarding Russia, sanctions, you should not worry about this, since a reason for sanctions can always be found. “Therefore, navigate and build a policy with an eye that sanctions will suddenly be imposed – this is a dead end path, because they will impose and find a reason,” Zharikhin is sure.
Political scientist Kirill Molchanovdoubts that such a document can be adopted, since there has been no trend towards this over the past years. “Recognition is unlikely, as this ruling will cut off any negotiation path. It is probably dictated by the desire of the communists to seize the initiative in power, substituting United Russia. Russia did not recognize the republic for 8 years, so why should it recognize it now? So there are few chances for this positive recognition,” Molchanov believes.
As for the attempt to blackmail the West with this argument and use the initiative as leverage in negotiations, this is also seen by the political scientist as unlikely. “I would not consider this as an element of blackmailing the West, since such a development of events would be the most desirable for the Ukrainian leadership,” the expert explained. – They would be left behind with the Minsk agreements. In addition, the problem with 3 million disloyal voters who live in these territories will be solved, Russia will receive endless sanctions, and Ukraine will no longer be kicked with this problem.