BERLIN (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to temporarily recognize passports issued by rebels in Ukraine violates the Minsk peace agreement, a German government spokesman said on Monday.
“The recognition of travel documents issued by the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic undermines the unity of Ukraine and is a stark contradiction to all that was agreed in Minsk and is therefore totally unacceptable,” Steffen Seibert said during a regular government news conference in Berlin.
A foreign ministry spokesman added that German authorities would not recognize the documents.
Putin ordered Russian authorities on Saturday to temporarily recognize civil registration documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, a decision also strongly criticized by Ukraine’s president.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr and Michael Nienaber; Editing by Michelle Martin)
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 21, 2017 at 07:27AM