"There are plain demands addressed to the head of state on recognition of these republics, many demands to support these republics," Peskov said on Wednesday on the Rossia-24 TV channel, Censor.NET reports citing RBC.
He noted that such calls come from Donbas citizens of Ukraine and from Russians. "A lot of issues are related to the accommodation of refugees, a lot of issues are related to fears that the cease-fire in Ukraine will be violated once again and armed hostilities will commence. People are very afraid of this, and they actively share doubts about the peaceful aspirations of Kyiv in relation to the southeast regions," the presidential spokesman said.
He also said that the Russians urge Putin to conduct a more assertive foreign policy. "Even more hard-line, consistent and aimed at defending the national interests course. Moreover, the demands are quite tough," Peskov said.