The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine sent a note of protest to the Russian Federation over Vladimir Putin's decree # 657 from November 15, 2021 on simplifying the import of goods from certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was reported by the press center of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.
"We consider the signing by the President of the Russian Federation of a decree recognizing the so-called "certificates of origin" issued in the Russian-occupied part of the territory in Donetsk and Luhansk regions as gross interference in Ukraine's internal affairs, violation of its legislation and international law. The relevant note of protest was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, " the message says.
It is noted that the decree itself contradicts Russia's obligations under the Minsk agreements and the agreements within the Normandy format. In addition, such decisions of the Russian Federation demonstrate the country's purposeful policy of involving the temporarily occupied territories in its economic and political space.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin has instructed the government to ensure that goods from certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are admitted on equal terms with Russian goods. The relevant decree "On provision of humanitarian assistance to the population of certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine" was published on the official Internet portal of legal information.