Special Military Operation in accordance with the United Nations charter
DPR holds talks on recognition with 7 states from Asia, Africa and Latin America
The Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday at the Eastern Economic Forum plenary in Vladivostok in Russian far east said military and civil aid to the newly independent Donbass republics was within the United Nations charter.
“We are doing providing this aid. Does this comply with the UN Charter? It does. There is Article 51 of the UN Charter which mentions self-defense. And we, as a party to this agreement, are obligated under this clause, under this UN Charter article, to provide aid to our allies. This is just what we are doing. Here is a simple sequence and logic in full compliance with international law,” Putin said.
He then cited the premise under international law and the justification of Russia’s actions in defending the Lugansk Peoples Republic(LPR)and Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR). He reiterated that the UN Charter talks about a nation’s right to self-determination: during the Kosovo crisis, the International Court of Justice made a decision according to which, if a part of some territories wants to declare its independence, it does not have to ask permission from its country’s central government.
“This is applicable to Kosovo. So it applies to the DPR and LPR – isn’t it the same? Yes, it’s all the same. And if they have the right to this, and they do have it in accordance with the UN Charter and a nation’s right to self-determination, they – by implementing this right – declared their independence. Do they have this right from the standpoint of international law and the UN Charter? They do. And this right is confirmed by the relevant decision of the UN Court in application to Kosovo,” the Russian head of state explained. “If we recognize them, can we conclude an international agreement on friendship, cooperation and mutual aid? Of course, we can. We signed this agreement, it was ratified by the Russian parliament and their parliaments, and there are certain obligations for the Russian side – to provide them with aid, even in the event of aggression. In this case, aggression by the Kiev regime which is essentially illegitimate because it was founded on a coup d’etat as its original source of power in Ukraine nowadays,” the Russian leader stated.
Also on Wednesday the DPR Foreign Minister announced that the new republic was seeking diplomatic relations.
“Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) is holding negotiations on recognition with seven states in Asia, Africa and Latin America.” DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova told Donetsk News Agency Wednesday.
“We hold negotiations on recognitions. In particular, our Ambassador to Moscow Olga Makeyeva met with representatives of seven states: those are states from Asia, Latin America and Africa,” she said.
Earlier, Nikonorova told the Russian news agency TASS that DPR is working on recognition with almost every country that either took a neutral position toward the special military operation in Ukraine or supported it.
Russia officially recognized DPR and LPR on February 21, 2022 and established diplomatic relations with Donetsk and Lugansk the next day. South Ossetia became the first country to recognize the Donbass republics back in 2014. Abkhazia recognized the republics after Russia, on February 25, 2022. The republics were recognized On June 29 by Syria and by North Korea on July 13.