Uzbekistan Says It Won’t Recognize Donetsk and Luhansk as Separatist Ukrainian Entities

The government of Uzbekistan has strongly rejected the declaration of independence by the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk after Russia recognized them as independent states, and also called for a peaceful solution in the Ukraine conflict.

Uzbekistan Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Komilov in his remarks on the Senate, said that Uzbekistan supports dialogue and pursue political means to reach an end to the Ukraine-Russia hostilities.

“It’s necessary to end military activities and aggression in the first place to achieve peace,” Komilov said, stressing that Uzbekistan does “not recognize Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics.”

Though Komilov did not use the word “invasion” to describe Russia’s war in Ukraine, but he directly rejected favoring Russia’s war in Ukraine and became the only country in Central Asia speaking against Russia.

No other Central Asian Republics have so far commented on Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Since the start of the invasion in Ukraine on February 24, over 700 civilians have been killed and thousands more were wounded. According to the United Nations nearly three million people were also displaced and took refugees to the neighboring countries.

The international community slapped Russia with new but comprehensive sanctions in response to its Ukraine invasion, asking Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to stop the incursion.

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