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German chancellor Olaf Scholz (r) with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday (Photo: kremlin.ru)

West urges Putin not to recognise Ukraine 'republics'

Germany and the US have urged Russia not to recognise the sovereignty of self-declared republics in Ukraine, in line with a call by the Russian parliament.

Doing so would be a "disaster", German chancellor Olaf Scholz said in Moscow on Tuesday (15 February) following a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Such recognition would be a "clear violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity," the US ambassador to Nato, Julianne Smith, said in Brussels.

Russia said earl...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

German chancellor Olaf Scholz (r) with Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday (Photo: kremlin.ru)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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