Polish expert explains why West refuses to declare Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics terrorist organizations.

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2014/10/30 • Ukraine

Western nations do not recognize the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) as terrorist organizations, as this would automatically lead to the recognition of Russia as a sponsor of terrorists resulting in the introduction of permanent sanctions against Russia.

Evgen Vorobiev, an analyst of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) told this in an interview with the UNIAN correspondent in Poland

“The problem is that if it recognizes these organizations as terrorists, the West will need to formally recognize Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, as there are established facts of direct and indirect support from Russia to these organizations,” he said.

“This will automatically mean the imposition of sanctions not for a restricted, specific period, but sanctions which will be much more difficult to cancel. For example sanctions imposed against terrorist groups in the Middle East. The sanctions which last for decades, not years,” he noted.

According to the expert, European politicians believe that this way will block the possibility for negotiations with Russia for a peaceful resolution of the conflict in the Donbas.

“Many European capitals have an understanding that if we recognize these self-proclaimed republics as terrorist organizations, this will require continued [long-lasting] sanctions against Russia, but they really do not want this,” he said.

As reported earlier by UNIAN, Russian-backed terrorists proclaimed the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic in April this year, saying that they would not obey the central government in Kyiv. The Ukrainian government officially declared them terrorists and announced its intention to obtain a similar recognition by Western states.

According to UN data, the stand-off in the east of Ukraine has already resulted in a loss of life of at least 3,700 people, with more than a million people being forced to change their place of residence.

Among the victims of this conflict are the almost 300 passengers on board the Malaysian Airlines flight MA017. The aircraft was shot down in July 2014 by Russian backed terrorists, according to Kyiv and Western intelligence reports.

Translated by: Vitalii Usenko and Dmytro Usenko
Source: UNIAN

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  • Brent

    The biggest impediment to the resolution of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the feckless Western leadership like Obama and Merkl who have been complicit in allowing Russia to continue its war and dissection of Ukraine. If they had acted promptly and with appropriate sanctions against Russia, and support of Ukraine with more than ‘blankets’ and a pat on the back, this would have been long ago resolved.

    Obama is over his head as a world leader, shown by his initial refusal to deal with ISIS and the Syrian civil war (also supported by Russia), and by permitting Putin to get away with murder and the dismantling of Ukraine. If Putin invades the Baltics next, then be prepared for more finger wagging and red lines in the sand, but more refusal to honor U.S. signed treaties protecting the sovereignty of other countries.

  • Paul P. Valtos

    Because Obama has not involved us in a war whether it be with Russia or ISIS indicates that he thinks before leaping and we see the facts not the lies handed to congress concerning Iraq. Obama is not impulsive as he sees the casualties resulting from Iraq. Just visit a VA hospital and that should more inform you what the hell is going on.

    • Mykola Banderachuk

      bet you putin does not visit military hospitals

  • Mazepa

    obama’s only ‘credentials’ are working as a local community organizer. This buffoon possesses no evidence of leadership or intelllect. Due to his stupidity, weakness and overall ignorance, russia was provided with the ‘green light’ to invade Ukraine. Never before in the history of the United States, has a President been more guilty of permitting crimes against humanity to be committed while he was in office. obama has already been characterized by the American military and even members of his own party, as THE MOST INCOMPETENT president this country has ever seen.
    His weakness and stupidity has led to the continued loss of life in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and so many other regions of the world. The only thing which this idiot excels at is playing golf…..while crisis after crisis erupts around the world.
    May God damn his worthless soul.

    • LorCanada

      You’d be closer to the truth if you “damned Putin’s worthless soul”. He’s the troublemaker.

      • James Godber

        yes putin is worthless but he does not have a soul , Obama is just not
        the right person to lead America . at this time

      • Mazepa

        Again, it was Obama’s ignorance and weakness that ‘invited’ putin to invade Ukraine. It’s that simple.

        • LorCanada

          Putin had no business meddling in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, Ukraine. It’s that simple.
          RUSSIANS = GO HOME.