Funds to assist the republics of Donbass should be incorporated into the Russian budget. This initiative was made by Konstantin Zatulin, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots.
At a plenary meeting of the lower house of the Russian parliament on October 11, the deputy, according to RIA Novosti, said that by next week his committee would prepare a draft statement proposing that the funds for helping the DNR and LNR be included in the main financial document of the Russian Federation.
What amount are supposed to be allocated for these purposes, Zatulin did not specify. But, according to him, “we must do everything so that life there would be better than in another, Bandera’s Ukraine”.
“Enough, in fact, to pretend as if we are not relevant to all this,” he called.
Earlier, we recall, the parliamentarian warned Ukraine that Russia is ready to recognize the republics of Donbass in the event of a resumption of hostilities in the east of the country.
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Actually, the people there are just waiting for this. They have been waiting for the fifth year in the blockade, under the daily fire of mortars and artillery guns of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Waiting in the basements and on the front. Losing loved ones, friends, neighbors … Losing health … And, most importantly, the belief that this will ever happen.
Meanwhile, while Russia once again is planning recognition, Hungary simply distributes passports to Transcarpathian Hungarians. The same is done by the Poles in Volyn and in Western Galicia, and the Romanians in Bukovina.
The West has long lost objectivity when it comes to Russia. And does it make sense, in this case, to listen to their opinion at all? In the end, should Russians protect their relatives?
“Zatulin’s proposal is adequate to the current reality and is quite reasonable,” Bogdan Bezpalko, a member of the Council for Interethnic Relations under the President of Russia, comments on the situation. “Because we provide assistance to the Donetsk republics, but at the same time we pretend that we have nothing to do with them.” At least formally.
In addition, if we budget some funds, it will be easier to control them, including in the territory of Donbass itself. It will be easier, accordingly, to plan these expenses in advance. Well, everything is much simpler.
Frankly speaking, if this proposal is approved, it will mean one of the elements of recognition of the de facto republics of Donbass as independent state entities. This will be a de facto recognition of their integration with the Russian Federation.
– I am in favor of distributing as much as possible Russian passports to the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk, and indeed in general of the Left Bank, – said Zatulin. – The more there will be citizens of Russia, the easier and better for us. Including, on a number of formal issues, which are now linked, say, to the legalization of these residents in Russia, their employment, etc.
In the end, if they are citizens of Russia, they can serve in the Russian army. And to fight for the Russian Federation-no matter where, in the territory of Donbass, and, maybe, in the territory of Syria. Or somewhere else …
So, in this situation, I advocate maximum integration. But it does not seem to me that a comparison with the situation in Transcarpathia is appropriate or correct.
– In Transcarpathia there is no civil war. There were some kind of incidents involving vandal actions against the Hungarian cultural center, threats, etc. But in general, the situation there is calm. And there is no unrecognized Hungarian Republic, or Transcarpathian, or Rusynsky, or any other …
And in the Donbass in fact there. There is a front line … There are minefields … There are regular shelling …
Therefore, the situation in the Donbas is fundamentally different, and it is linked precisely with the state status (or quasi-state) of these unrecognized republics, Donetsk and Lugansk.
Sooner or later (I think, rather, sooner) we will come to the recognition of these republics and to their actual integration with the Russian Federation. Fortunately, these republics have a common border with us, just like South Ossetia, just like Abkhazia.
But the question is still what will happen next – after that. What are the borders of these republics, how will relations with Ukraine be built … And so on.
That is, I want to say that the tactical proposal of Zatulin is very true, but in parallel with this tactic we also need to develop a strategic vision. What we want to see in the Russian-Ukrainian relations … What we want to see in this territory of the East Slavic space. And, accordingly, already with the strategy to build other tactical No steps. Not only the allocation of an article in the budget to help these republics, but much more …
- But there is a feeling that we have been slowing down in this direction lately. Are we waiting for something? Or are we trying to distance ourselves from the elections that will be held in the republics next month? – As for the elections in the territory of the DNR and the LNR, I don’t attach much importance to them. If Russia decides to exercise, so to say, indirect control, but, nevertheless, quite effective by the Donetsk republics, it will find ways to implement it. The expectations, rather, are connected, firstly, with the upcoming elections to the US Congress. They are expected to make a possible change in the policy and rhetoric of the United States – and, accordingly, of the American satellites – in relation to Russia. Secondly, elections should take place in Ukraine on March 31 of next year, and perhaps Poroshenko will win there or another, with whom you can try to establish relations on a somewhat different basis than with the current president. I cannot say that we have some kind of slowdown. Rather, there is inertia and some uncertainty. Because if earlier we all appealed to the Minsk Agreements, now it is becoming absolutely clear that these agreements have already died, and that it is very difficult to appeal to them. Ukraine is not going to observe them, it is not even going to pretend. The West is not going to force Ukraine to abide by these agreements. And the Donetsk republics, if they unilaterally abide by the Minsk agreements, and in accordance with the requirements of the Ukrainian leadership, respectively, should, figuratively speaking, go out with their hands up and surrender to the “winner”.
“Volker said that the DPR and the LPR should be eliminated …” But I think no one wants to go to that. It is clear that there is a certain dead end here. How to get out of this impasse now, it’s still not quite clear. Or we can, by appealing somehow to the leaders of the European Union – Germany and France, to gain their support in this matter.
– The tradition is fresh, as they say …
– Well. It is not so fresh. Therefore, I do not rule out that they expect some, say, harsh actions by the United States or Ukraine, so that, accordingly, such acts on our part would look like a response. In the end, many sought Russia’s withdrawal from the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation with Ukraine, including I, but it turned out that thanks to the patience of our politicians, Ukraine came out of him first. And all the responsibility now assumed. That, in general, is really positive. Because not a single observer, not a single historian in the future will be able to blame Russia for the fact that it was the first to break off the friendship with Ukraine.