Foreign policy of the Donetsk People‟s Republic: interests and ideology

Author(s):  O. V. Onopko, candidate of Sciences, associate Professor, Donbass law academy , Donetsk, Ukrain,

Issue:  Volume 45, №2

Rubric:  Topical issues of political science

Annotation:  For the first time in political science, the foreign policy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has been analyzed. It is noted that the confrontation between the EU, the US and Russia for the control over the political space of Ukraine is the main geopolitical factor influencing the articulation of DPR‟s foreign policy interests. It is proved that Minsk agreements, which DPR is forced to participate in, harm their realization. At the same time, the interests of the republic have not been institutionalized yet. There is an active forming of foreign policy ideology in DPR. It is based on such principles as the priority of the Russian vector of further development, inadmissibility of the reintegration of Donbass to Ukraine, readiness to use the full range of measures to protect and realize own foreign policy interests. In case of further ignoring the DPR peaceful initiatives by Ukrainian authorities, the subsequent consolidation of the main foreign policy interests and ideology in a single state concept, as well the creation of the own for-eign policy program and its implementation should be expected

Keywords:  foreign policy, unrecognized states, Donetsk People‟s Republic, foreign policy ideology, for-eign policy interests

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