Pushilin does not exclude the unification of the DPR and LPR in the future

A representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, is not excluding the possible unification of the LPR and DPR in the future; however, this issue is not currently on the agenda, as reported by Russia's Interfax news agency.

"No one sees the usefulness of such a unification at this stage as both the LPR (Luhansk People's Republic) and the DPR have signed the Minsk Agreements. For now, we do not see any circumstances under which reunification should occur. However, this does not exclude the possibility that the situation can change in future, but this issue is not currently on the agenda," Pushilin said at a press conference on Monday.

A representative of the Luhansk People’s Republic, Vladislav Deinego, noted that "cooperation between the LPR and DPR is close enough. The Republics work closely, and live nearby. Processes which take place between republics is a perfect example of establishing such dialogue," he stressed.

The Director of the Center for Current Politics, Alexey Chesnakov, explained that the best strategy for the LPR and the DPR right now is not to unite. This way, Ukraine will have to negotiate with both parties at the same time, making it harder for Kyiv to influence them.

  LPR, DPR, Ukraine