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Putin does not have much influence over Donbass leaders – Peskov

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November 16, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

MOSCOW, Russia – Russian President Vladimir Putin does have much influence over the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

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The response was prompted by Putin’s telephone conversation with the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics on Wednesday.

“We have no leverage to put pressure on these unrecognized republics,” Peskov said. 

“We have no opportunity to give instructions to anyone there, because these republics live their own lives. But the president has never made a secret of his ability to address them with calls and to cause certain influence – not infinite, of course,” he continued. 

“Only to a certain extent,” Peskov concluded.

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