The Foreign ministers of South Ossetia and Lugansk People’s Republic, Dmitriy Medoev and Vladislav Deinego, signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations on May, 12.
“Today in this hall we have witnessed the signing of highly important documents for our Republics. From this moment on, a grand agreement on Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance concluded between our countries enters into force. And from this moment our Republics have entered into diplomatic relations,” Medoev said.
The South Ossetian minister stressed that the agreement is “an important step toward the further recognition of Lugansk People’s Republic’s independence.”
In his turn, Deinego pointed out that South Ossetia was the first to recognize Lugansk People’s Republic.
“Today we celebrate the 5th anniversary of our Lugansk People’s Republic and today we have formalized friendly relations with the Republic of South Ossetia having taken it to the next level and signed the agreement on diplomatic relations,” Deinego noted.
The agreement enter into force on May, 12, at the moment of its signing.
On April, 24 the Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a bill on expedited procedures for issuing Russian passports to the citizens of the DPR and the LPR.
The progress in recognition of the DPR and the LPR on the part of Russia and friendly countries began when the front runner in Ukrainian presidential race, Vladimir Zelensky, publicly proclaimed himself as the successor of incumbent President Pyotr Poroshenko’s policy.
Almost a peacemaker at the beginning, Zelensky managed to state during his electoral campaign that Crimea was to be part of Ukraine again after a change of power in Russia, that implementation of the Minsk agreements is not acceptable for Ukraine, and that the only thing in common between Ukraine and Russia is their border.
Such belligerent rhetoric together with absence of a competent team around Zelensky provoked natural Russia’s response: a ban on oil exports to Ukraine, issuing of passports to citizens of the DPR and the LPR, and the recent establishment of the diplomatic relations on the part of South Ossetia.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency