January 16, 2018 – FRN –
Pavel Grudinin, a presidential candidate from the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, said he was in favor of recognizing the independence of the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Lugansk, as well as the possibility of reuniting Donbass with Russia if the residents of the region wanted to do so.
“Of course, the Minsk Agreements played an important role in ending the genocide of the population of these republics. But the fighting there continues, albeit not with so many casualties among civilians. Bandera-lovers daily shell the cities and villages of therepublics, as a result of which ordinary people suffer and die. The Minsk agreements have turned into a sort of screen for the preparation of a forceful solution to the “problem of Novorossia.”
“I am convinced that, in view of Kiev’s overt sabotage of these agreements, Russia must take the next logical step: to recognize the will of the people expressed in the referendums in 2014 and recognize the independence of these republics.
And then you can not keep the populations in a suspended state. Recall that initially the Donbass is a purely Russian region. Together with Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, it was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by decree of the Council of People’s Commissars to strengthen the industrial power of the rural Ukraine of that time.
Therefore, if the population of Donbass (mostly Russian) will show a will to return to Russia, then we must consider this possibility in the most serious way. If we accepted the Crimea into the composition of Russia, then it would be quite natural to satisfy the desire of the population of Donbass to return them to Russia.” – said Grudinin.