North Korea Recognizes Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

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In February, Russia recognized the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) after a significant deterioration of the situation along the line of contact amid interference by the United States and its allies.

Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) head Denis Pushilin said that North Korea recognized the DPR on Wednesday, and called it “another victory” of diplomacy.

“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea today recognized the Donetsk People’s Republic. The Donetsk People’s Republic and its statehood continue to be strengthened. This is another victory for our diplomacy,” Pushilin wrote on his Telegram channel.

He added that this decision “will become the basis for further development of relations in the economic sphere,” and the partnership will increase the geography of trade for enterprises.

“We are grateful to the people of the DPRK for such a significant support of the residents of Donbass,” Pushilin said, expressing hope for active and fruitful cooperation.

The DPRK has recognized the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic, the North Korean Embassy in Moscow told Sputnik. 

On June 29, the Syrian foreign ministry said that the country decided to recognize the independence of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic.

In February, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on recognizing the independence of the Donbas republics. Abkhazia followed the example of Moscow, while South Ossetia recognized the self-proclaimed republics in 2014.

The DPR and the LPR proclaimed their independence from Ukraine in April 2014, after what they considered to be a coup in Kiev in February of that year.

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