The Kremlin says the President of the Russian Federation is the only person who determines foreign policy, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said in response to a request of an UNIAN correspondent to comment on the statements by Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Affairs on possible Russia`s recognition of occupied Donbas represented by the so-called ”LPR”/”DPR”.
Answering the question whether this could happen and whether the ”Crimean” or ”Abkhaz” scenarios will be used, Peskov said: ”I can only say one thing – according to the Constitution, foreign policy of the Russian state is determined by the head of state, namely the Russian president.”
As reported, on March 1, Chairman of the Duma Committee on CIS Leonid Kalashnikov said that Russia would be able to recognize the so-called ”LPR” and ”DPR” if the conflict in Donbas continued to escalate, and if Ukraine moved to active hostilities.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 18 legalized the use of ”DPR/LPR”-issued passports and other identity documents, namely birth, marriage/divorce certificates, car registration plates, in Russia. Putin`s decree stipulates that the ”DPR/LPR” documents are supposedly recognized temporarily until the situation in Donbas has been settled.
On March 1, the self-proclaimed leader of the Moscow puppet ”Donetsk People`s Republic,” Alexander Zakharchenko, said the militants had seized some 40 enterprises in the occupied territory of Donbas.