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Russian President Vladimir Putin met Tuesday in Moscow with the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization (UN), António Guterres, within the framework of the special military operation in Ukraine.

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At the meeting, Putin said that Russia had the right to recognize the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, and to provide them with military assistance.

The Russian president did not agree with Guterres’ words about the alleged Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory, the Kremlin press service reported.

Putin recalled the decision of the International Court of Justice on Kosovo that when exercising the right to self-determination, the territory of any state is not obliged to request permission to declare its sovereignty from the central authorities of the country.

By analogy with this, the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass had the same right to declare their sovereignty, “because the precedent has been created”, and Russia received the right to recognize them, the president emphasized.

“Many states of the world, including our opponents in the West, did this with regard to Kosovo. We did the same with regard to the self-proclaimed republics of Donbas,” he noted.

“After doing this, they approached us with a request to provide them with military assistance in relation to the State conducting military operations against them. And we were entitled to do so in accordance with Article 51 of Section VII of the Charter of the UN,” he explained.

Russia does not understand the claims of certain countries of the world that demand exclusive rights, “we believe that the main rule is the Charter of the United Nations … and not certain papers written by someone for himself or to satisfy his own interests,” he said. the mandatary.

In another order of things, Putin denounced to Guterres that kyiv changed its position on the agreement and abandoned its previous intentions, including the security issues on Crimea and Sevastopol.

Putin stressed that in the telephone conversation held on Tuesday with the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, he blurted out that “military actions are taking place” in Mariupol.

“There are no military actions there. They are over,” he insisted, recalling that almost 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers laid down their arms and surrendered, he clarified.

“I have given the order not to carry out any assault action,” he said.

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