Donetsk, Feb 22 - DAN. Donetsk People’s Republic authorities will now be able to ask the Russian Federation for military assistance “on clear terms,” spelled out in the friendship and cooperation treaty, DPR Head Denis Pushilin told Russia24 television channel on Tuesday.

“We don’t rule out that at one point we’ll have to request assistance from Russia,” Pushilin said. “It will be on clear terms, spelled out in the cooperation treaty,” he said in response to the question about whether Donetsk would ask Moscow for military assistance.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decrees on the recognition of the DPR and the LPR. Russia then signed a friendship and cooperation treaty with the Donbass Republics which provided for joint defense and the right of the parties to use military infrastructure and military bases in the territory of the two states. *jk