US Blinken says Putin recognition of Donetsk, Luhansk, requires a swift and firm response

US Secretary of State Blinken says recognition of the so called “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republic” as “independent” requires a swift and firm response

(Note, he did not say SWIFT … that has already been dismissed as a step too far)


  • we will take appropriate steps in coordination with partners
  • we strongly condemn Putin’s recognition … it represents a complete rejection of Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements
  • states have an obligation not to recognise a new “state” created through the threat or use of force



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