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Statement by Minister Simon Coveney on the decision of the Russian Federation

Statement by Minister Simon Coveney on the decision of the Russian Federation to recognise the separatist territories in Ukraine

Ireland’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and its right to choose its own foreign and security policy path is unwavering.

The decision by the Russian Federation to proceed with the recognition of the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities contravenes international law, is a blatant violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and marks a clear and unilateral breach of the Minsk agreements.

Ireland supports a clear and strong EU response, including additional sanctions measures.

ENDS

Press Office

21 February 2022

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