Russian Foreign Ministry: Donbass is to decide how to live with neighbouring states

The inhabitants of the DPR and the LPR must themselves determine the form of their further coexistence with their neighbors. This was stated by the State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin.

"As for the further fate of the Donetsk and Lugansk Republics, this should be, first of all, the choice of people living there. It is residents who must decide on the forms of state, political, economic and social coexistence with their neighbours that will be acceptable and comfortable for them," Karasin said.

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation noted that the Ukrainian authorities "instead of reintegrating Donbass, with their own hands push the region out of the country."

"Instead of reintegrating the region into a common political and economic space, the Ukrainian leadership actually pushes the southeast out of the country with its own hands," Karasin said.

Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation added that the Ukrainian authorities do not disdain of frankly cruel and cynical methods - "from the termination of social and pension payments, disconnection of water supply, electricity and up to attempts to isolate Donbass by introducing almost its total blockade."

DONi News Agency