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US News: Lead 1-Duma Russian might ask Putin to recognize the independence of Donbass

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Ukraine-crisis / Putin-Parliament (Lead 1): Lead 1-Duma Russian might ask Putin to recognize the independence of Donbass

(Updated with Kremlin Reaction §3)

Moscow, January 21 (Reuters) - La Duma, the lower room of the Russian Parliament, will debate next week of a proposal to ask President Vladimir Putin to recognize the independence of Two secessionist regions of the East of Ukraine, said Friday its president.

Viatcheslav Volodine made this announcement at a few hours of discussions between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Geneva on the situation in Ukraine.

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Asked about it, Kremlin's spokesperson, Dmitri Peskov, said it should be preferable to avoid initiatives that emphasize tensions and suggested to avoid the temptation of "political strokes" in the current context.

Russia has, however, bidding the auctions since it has formulated a series of "proposals" for it to ensure its own security, including the cessation of the expansion of NATO east and in particular in Ukraine - categorically rejected by Westerners.

After the fall of the President Pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovich, Russia attached the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea in 2014 and militarily supported the Russian-speaking separatists of Donbass, who proclaimed the "republics" of Donetsk and Louhansk and refuse to return to the giron Kiev.

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The formal recognition of the independence of these two Ukrainian regions is one of the retaliation measures that Vladimir Putin could decide whether the outcome of the negotiations with the Westerners does not satisfy Moscow.

In a statement broadcast on Telegram, the President of the Duma promises to follow up on the proposal filed by eleven deputies, including the leader of the Communist Party Guennadi Ziouganov, who asks the Russian President to recognize the independence of the republics of Donetsk and Louhansk. to protect their inhabitants of external threats.

Moscow delivered more than 600,000 Russian passports to the inhabitants of these regions of Donbass since 2014.

"We see that the president (Ukrainian) Zelenski ignores Minsk's agreements (peace). NATO wants to occupy Ukraine. 'One and the other can lead to a tragedy. We can not let it happen ", justifies Viratcheslav Volodine.

Western leaders have repeated many times that the issue of Ukraine's accession to NATO did not arise in the short term, while refusing to exclude this initiative.

(Report of Andrew Osborn, French version Tangi Salaün, edited by Blandine Hénault and Sophie Louet)

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