Russia violating Ukraine peace deal with passport order: Germany

Russia violating Ukraine peace deal with passport order: GermanyRussian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to temporarily recognize passports issued by rebels in Ukraine violates the Minsk peace agreement, a German government spokesman said on Monday. “The recognition of travel documents issued by the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic undermines the unity of Ukraine and is a stark contradiction to all that was agreed in Minsk and is therefore totally unacceptable,” Steffen Seibert said during a regular government news conference in Berlin. Putin ordered Russian authorities on Saturday to temporarily recognize civil registration documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, a decision also strongly criticized by Ukraine’s president.



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