The Kosovo Question Applied to the DPR and the LPR

In the following video Russian President Vladimir Putin explains the reasoning behind his recognition of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) as sovereign entities. I find his logic compelling, but it leads me to an entirely different conclusion: that Kosovo should never have achieved international recognition as an independent state.

This clip was translated from the Italian voice-over. Many thanks to HeHa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

01:38   I know all the UN documents perfectly concerning the Kosovo question,
01:43   because I have personally read them all.
01:48   I recall perfectly the International Court of Justice’s ruling, which states this:
01:54   According to the right to self-determination that any territory within any country has,
02:03   a territory does not need to be recognized as sovereign state
02:08   by the central government’s authority.
02:12   This is what was said about Kosovo.
02:16   And this is what the International Court of Justice ruled.
02:21   And this ruling had been endorsed by everyone.
02:24   I have personally read all the comments made by the juridical, administrative and political bodies,
02:29   present in both the United States and EU member states.
02:34   All of them agreed. Which implies that the Donbas republics, too, the DNR and the LNR,
02:41   have the same right to self-determination of their own sovereign state,
02:48   without any consent from the Ukrainian Government.
02:53   Because there has been a precedent.
02:56   Right? Do you agree with what I said?
03:05   First of all, Mr. President, an organization made up of eleven countries
03:09   does not recognize Kosovo as a state.
03:13   It is the ICJ that ruled that. —Allow me to finish.
03:17   If this binding precedent exists, it means that the Donbas Republics
03:21   are allowed to do the very same thing.
03:24   Since they did it, we have had the right to recognize them as independent states.
03:31   As many countries all over the world, including our opponents in the West, did concerning Kosovo.
03:38   Kosovo has been recognized by so many countries. It’s a fact.
03:43   It is recognized as independent state by so many countries.
03:49   We did the very same thing, recognizing the Donbas republics.
03:55   After we did that, these republics asked us for military defense assistance against Ukraine,
04:00   which has been conducting military operations against them.
04:05   We had the right to help them.
04:09   According to Article 51 of the UN Charter.

14 thoughts on “The Kosovo Question Applied to the DPR and the LPR

  1. If Putin keeps this up, he’ll be home-run king and in the All Star Game. Odd, that the President of Russia should be more forthcoming with the facts, than the alleged resident of the US.

  2. Hmmm… interesting. So if, say, the South seceded from the USA, became the Confederate States of America, the Federal government MUST recognize them as a new country???

    VERY interesting…

    • Cue the Eagles, “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave”.

      The United States is a UNION of States. The South was fully within their God given right to LEAVE.

      But as we all know, might makes right, e.g. if Ukrainians can declare independence from Russia, so could the Southern States from the USA and Putin is Lincoln, with the exception that Lincoln is worshipped and Putin is loathed by idiots, universally.

  3. Yep, that has been my argument for the seceding of the Western Cape from South Africa.
    And everyone told me I’m talking out of my arse I’ve been arguing with.
    But as usual, not one of those made the actual effort to find this out for themselves.

  4. The Serbs are going to take back Kosovo, the Russians are arming Serbs and Croats to take Bosnia and divide it amongst those entities. Yet nobody seems to pay attention to this for some reason???

    • Yet you provide no sources on your claim. You must be from the US State department.

      • [vehement expletive], the information is all there for you to see, you just refuse to see it for yourselves. The press refuses to report it, but the spook agencies are screaming bloody murder about it.

  5. Let’s say that The Great and Sovereign State of Texas was being invaded by foreigners, assisted by criminal narco-gangs. I know i’ts a leap, wouldn’t happen in real life right? Bear with me.

    So, If the United States, at the request of the Great and Sovereign State of Texas, went in and militarily cleaned out the narco-cartels from the Nueces Strip in South Texas, NATO would be obligated to come and bomb the snot out of Texas for having the unmitigated gall to exert sovereignty over its own territory. Right?

    Then, to add insult to injury, the International Community would have to recognize the Nueces Strip as the new “Republica de Lo Que Sea”, from what had been The Great and Sovereign State of Texas.


    That is what happened in Kosovo.

    OK then, tell me what is wrong, in essence, with Vladimir Putin’s logical argument.

  6. You know the difference between Russian and Ukranian? Its about the same as the difference between British English and American English.

    • Actually, it’s more like the difference between Danish and Norwegian, or Dutch and Frisian.

      A more apt comparison would be, say, Standard English vs. Ebonics.

      • Tell that to my Scottish wife and relatives. The difference between most UK dialects and common US Midwestern English are vast.

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