Russia hesitates to make any predictions about the time when it could recognize the occupied parts of Donbas as "independent republics". Dmitriy Peskov, the press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin said so as quoted by RIA Novosti.
"You know there has been no such recognition so far; they still come as self-styled republics, but we see that the process of the solution to this domestic Ukrainian conflict is being stalled. In many dimensions, it's coming to a dead-end; so right now, it's basically hard to tell what kind of prospects these republics have", Peskov said.
On November 30, Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko stated that after the so-called "referendum" conducted by the occupant government in March 2014, the occupied Crimea "became de jure and de facto Russian territory". Besides, Lukashenko claimed he was going to visit the occupied peninsula. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry called his statement a "stream of consciousness" that did not even deserve a commentary. "I believe it makes no sense to evaluate every single stream of consciousness that Aleksandr Lukashenko regularly delivers on various media platforms", said Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.