President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on June 17 said that the country is unlikely to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR).
He said that in the case of a large-scale realization of the right of nations to self-determination, instead of 193 countries that are members of the UN, more than 500 or 600 countries may appear.
“Of course it will be chaos. For this reason, we do not recognize either Taiwan, or Kosovo, or South Ossetia, or Abkhazia. And, apparently, this principle will also be applied to quasi-state territories, which, in our opinion, are Luhansk and Donetsk,” Tokayev said.
On the topic of the situation around Ukraine, the leader of Kazakhstan said that there are different opinions in the country.
On February 22, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan stated that the question of recognition of the DPR and LPR by Kazakhstan is not worth it. The head of the department, Mukhtar Tleuberdi, explained that Kazakhstan “proceeds from the foundations of international law and the basic principles of the UN Charter.” Tleuberdi also said that sending Collective Security Treaty Organization forces to the LPR and DPR is out of the question.
On February 24, Moscow launched a special operation to protect the DPR and LPR. It was preceded by an aggravation of the situation in the region, an appeal by the leadership of the Donbass republics to the Russian Federation with a request for help, and the subsequent recognition by Russia of the independence of the DPR and LPR. Kyiv has been conducting a military operation against the residents of Donbass, who refused to recognize the results of the coup d’état in Ukraine, since 2014.
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