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The recognition of passports of the LC and the DNI in Russia is dictated by humanitarian considerations and is consistent with the Minsk agreements, said Kremlin
Recognition of Russian passports to the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk national republics (DND and LNR) was dictated exclusively by humanitarian considerations. This was stated press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, reports RBC.
According to Peskov, the situation has arisen due to the blockade of Donbass by Kiev, in connection with which hundreds of thousands of people are not able to obtain travel documents and passports, as well as to extend their action.
“The decree does not violate and is not in violation of international law. It is a de jure alignment situation”, — said the representative of the Kremlin.
He also stressed that the move does not violate the Minsk agreement and “there’s no reason for the aggravation of the situation”.
Earlier that Moscow’s recognition of the documents issued on the territories controlled by the self-proclaimed DND and LNR, contrary to the aims of the Minsk agreement, said the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. American diplomats have also called the move “disturbing”.
A decree on the recognition of documents issued to citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons residing in the territories of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions, was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on 18 February. According to the decree documents, including passports, birth certificates, marriage or divorce and others are recognized as “temporary, pending a political settlement of the situation” in the region.
Investigation RBC: as Russia recognized the passports of DNR and LNR
As said Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, a decree on the recognition of documents issued in LNR and DND will to act “until you complete the Minsk agreement”.
In early February, the investigation showed that RBC, the Russian passports of the breakaway DNI and LC could use the services of Russian Railways, airlines and hotels. Sands then said that the passport has not received official recognition in Russia, but some documents could be considered a separate Russian companies and bodies “humanitarian grounds”.