Putin conditions security guarantees for Ukraine to the territorial resolution of Crimea and Donbas

Russian President Vladimir Putin. – -/Kremlin/dpa

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Russian President Vladimir Putin explained on Tuesday to the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, that the security conditions for Ukraine are conditional on the territorial resolution of Crimea and the Donbas region, under the control of the Kremlin.

“In the talks in Istanbul, we made quite a serious breakthrough because our interlocutors in kyiv did not associate Ukraine’s international security with the concept of its internationally recognized borders, leaving Crimea, Sevastopol and the Donbas republics (…) out of the picture. this parenthesis”, assured the Russian president during his meeting with Guterres.

Thus, Putin has lamented that the Bucha massacre, in which “the Russian Army has nothing to do with,” “drastically” changed the meaning of those conversations. “They moved away from their initial intentions to bracket the security guarantees of Crimea, Sevastopol and the Donbas republics,” he said.

“They just left it and in their draft agreement on this issue (…) they pointed out in two articles that these problems should be resolved at a meeting of heads of state,” Putin said after stating that he knows who is behind the Bucha massacre.

“If we send these issues to the level of heads of state without first resolving them, at least within the framework of a draft agreement, they will never be resolved. In this case, we cannot sign security guarantees without having resolved the territorial issue of Crimea, Sevastopol and the republics of Donbas”, he insisted.


With regard to the two regions of Donbas -Donetsk and Lugansk- Putin has defended before Guterres that these two territories have “the right to declare their sovereignty without resorting to the central authorities of Ukraine”, as he marks, has said, the Kosovo precedent.

“I have personally read all the documents of the International Court of Justice on the situation in Kosovo. I remember very well the decision (…) that establishes that in the exercise of the right to self-determination, this or that territory of any State shall not is obliged to request permission to declare its sovereignty from the central authorities of the country,” Putin said.

“If this is so, then the Donetsk and Lugansk republics have the same right to declare their sovereignty without resorting to the central authorities of Ukraine, because a precedent has been created,” Putin defended before a Guterres who reminded him that the UN has not recognized the independence of Kosovo.

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