The draft appeal on the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR is planned to be considered early next week at the State Duma Council, leader of the Communist Party Zyuganov.
The profile committee of the State Duma on CIS affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots, probably on February 15, will consider the draft appeal submitted by the Communist Party faction to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the need to recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, after which the document will go to the Duma Council.
This was reported to TASS by the head of the committee, Leonid Kalashnikov.
“There will most likely be a committee to discuss [February 15] and then submit it to the Duma Council,” said the deputy, who is also a member of the Communist Party faction and one of the authors of the document.
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At the same time, Kalashnikov clarified that only A Just Russia – For Truth sent its decision on the draft appeal, other factions did not present their position.
“So far, no [reaction from factions] has been received, except for A Just Russia. They sent us something, such a half-hearted solution. Some things they agree with, some things they don’t,” he clarified.
“But we will still make a decision, and the committee will continue to send it to the Duma Council. And the decision will be formulated by the Council of the Duma when to consider [the draft at a meeting of the chamber],” Kalashnikov concluded.
On January 19, deputies from the Communist Party faction, led by its leader Gennady Zyuganov, submitted to the State Duma a draft appeal of the chamber to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the need to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics. According to the document, the State Duma addresses the head of state with a request to consider the issue of recognizing the proclaimed republics “as independent, sovereign and independent states.” The text says that the deputies “consider it justified and morally justified” the recognition of the DPR and LPR.
The first pages of the so-called document pathetically describe the situation in the occupied Donbas as an Act of expression of the will of local residents and their desire for self-determination. The Ukrainian authorities are called “glorifying the fascists Bandera, Shukhevych and their followers… intolerant of historically established norms of life, expression and religion of the inhabitants of these areas.” “The actions of the Ukrainian authorities can be compared to the genocide of their people.” “Instead of consistent actions, the Ukrainian authorities are trying to review or cancel all agreements reached. There have been many attempts to disrupt the peace process…”
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation believes that “in recent years [i.e., occupation], the republics have created democratic bodies and states with all the attributes of legitimate power on the basis of popular will.” According to Lenin’s followers, it is time to resolve as soon as possible the issue of “holding talks with the leadership of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic to create a legal basis for interstate relations that would regulate all aspects of cooperation and mutual assistance, including security.”
Opinions of experts on the reasons for the appearance of such a “document” are divided. Some believe that this is an initiative exclusively of the Communist Party, which thus decided to hype the topic of intensifying Russia’s aggressive actions and aggravating the situation on the border with Ukraine.
At the same time, it is the fulfillment of pre-election promises as Zyuganov spoke about the need to immediately recognise “DPR” and “LPR” at the pre-election congress before the last Duma elections.
The submission of the draft is a concerted action with the Kremlin to test the reaction of the West, Ukraine, and Russian public opinion to such statements. Allegedly, the Kremlin is not involved, the initiative step is put forward by the parliamentary opposition. The goal is to make a statement and to see what happens next.
Nothing new and strange, the usual tactics of the Kremlin. In case of further aggravation, the draft of the Communist Party will be a logical part of public information preparations for Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine and will provide this invasion with political support and cover of the federal parliament.
A Just Russia faction led by Sergei Mironov immediately supported this appeal as it has a ‘Donbas wing.’ The official Kremlin, represented by Peskov, did not comment on the proposal of the Communist Party because “the text of the appeal has not been seen yet.” Only State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said that consultations on recognising the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics would take place next week.
It is unclear whether there are some cool heads left in the Russian State Duma, but de facto, according to the Minsk agreements, there are no “LPR” and “DPR.” There are certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, and Russia, among other things, that confirms this status, insisting on the implementation of the Minsk agreements and recognising these territories as the territory of Ukraine. Accordingly, the official recognition of “LPR” and “DPR” by Russia will mean the complete collapse of the Minsk agreements and the entire process of peaceful settlement of the situation in the occupied territories of Ukraine.