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Denmark condemns Russia’s recognition of breakaway regions

The government has promised a joint reaction to “blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law”

Russia’s decision yesterday to recognise the Ukrainian breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk as independent has been widely criticised by the international community.

And Denmark is no exception with PM Mette Frederiksen condemning the move as a “blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and international law”.

“Denmark condemns the decision, which will not go unanswered. We stand side by side with Ukraine,” Frederiksen wrote on Twitter.

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Crimea 2.0?
The foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, told TV2 News that Russia’s escalation of the conflict calls for a joint reaction.

Along with the US, UK and the rest of EU, Denmark is preparing to level new sanctions against Vladimir Putin and Russia.
“We are co-ordinating things. There will be sanctions levelled against Putin and his people. And there will be a clear encouragement to return to the path of diplomacy and choose peace over war,” said Kofod.
Experts contend that Russia’s recognition of Donetsk and Lugansk as being independent will eventually lead to Russia annexing the two regions, as was the case with Crimea in 2014.



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