22 Feb 2022 11:53 am
The deputies of the Russian State Duma unanimously approved the agreements with the two Donbass republics.
Russian parliamentarians have voted to ratify agreements underpinning political cooperation and military support between two breakaway Donbass republics, Donetsk and Lugansk, after President Vladimir Putin signed a proclamation recognizing their independence.
At a session on Tuesday, the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, unanimously voted in favor of the agreements with 400 deputies. On the same day, the parliaments of both regions simultaneously ratified the “Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with the Russian Federation”.
Like the Russian news agency reportsMEPs simultaneously amended the ratification laws, according to which the treaties come into force as soon as they are published.
The documents were signed by President Putin and the heads of the republics, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik. The agreements, the wording of which is identical, state: “The sides will build their relations as friendly states, consistently abstaining from the principles of mutual respect for state sovereignty and territorial integrity, the peaceful settlement of disputes”, as well as from the principles of Let equality and non-interference guide you.
The contracts cover economics, including the use of the Russian rouble, defense and border protection, protection of ethnic minority rights and other aspects.
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