British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a telephone conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron, called both countries weak in their position on Russia’s recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics in eastern Ukraine.
Johnson’s statement came in excerpts from a conversation shown in the documentary Un President, l’Europe et la guerre (President, Europe and War), filmed by French journalist Guy Lagache, which premiered on France 2 on Thursday.
“We have to agree on how we will respond[to Russia’s recognition of the sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic]because I think we look a little weak,” Johnson said.
Against the backdrop of a sharp deterioration in the situation on the line of contact in the Donbass, on February 21, Putin announced the recognition of the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, and treaties of friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance were signed on their part. leaders. Russia has recognized the two republics within the boundaries provided for by its constitutions, which were defined by the administrative boundaries of Donetsk and Lugansk regions in early 2014.