NATO chief condemns Putin's recognition of Ukraine separatists

AFP , Monday 21 Feb 2022

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Monday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin's recognition of rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to media during the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. AP

 Stoltenberg said this decision violated international agreements Moscow had signed on to.

"I condemn Russia's decision to extend recognition to the self-proclaimed 'Donetsk People's Republic' and 'Luhansk People's Republic'. This further undermines Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, erodes efforts towards a resolution of the conflict, and violates the Minsk Agreements, to which Russia is a party," Stoltenberg said in a statement.

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