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 "France regrets this decision," - French foreign ministry on Russia's decision to temporarily recognize "DPR"/"LPR" IDs

On Monday, Feb. 20, France denounced Russia's decision to temporarily recognize passports issued by the Russian-backed militants in Ukraine's east, saying it was not in line with the spirit of the Minsk peace accord.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Reuters, France's foreign ministry said in a regular media briefing statement: "France regrets this decision."

It said Paris wanted Moscow to focus on using its influence over rebels in Ukraine to ensure application of the terms of a peace accord negotiated in Minsk, adding: "It is the only way of ensuring a lasting solution to the crisis in east Ukraine."

Read more: US Embassy to Ukraine says Russia's recognition of "DPR"/"LPR" documents inconsistent with Minsk deal, troubled by increased fighting in Donbas

Russian President Vladimir 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.
 
 
 
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