Russia may recognise the independence of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as of Transnistria, Putin’s recent interview dedicated to the war in Nagorno-Karabakh suggests.
The independence of the unrecognized is recognized in the “interests of the people”
In an interview on the Karabakh conflict on Tuesday, November 18, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that “the fact of non-recognition of Karabakh, including by Armenia, has left a mark on the course of events, as well as on its perception.”Putin draws parallel with 2008 Georgia conflict.
“We have to be frank here: at one time, after criminal, without any doubt, actions of the former Georgian administration (I mean striking our peacekeepers in South Ossetia), Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. We found as fair the expression of the will of the people living in Crimea, and the desire of the people living there to reunite with Russia. We reached out to people, we did it openly,” Vladimir Putin said.