Donetsk, Mar 2 – DAN. The DPR has adopted the Foreign Policy Concept, focusing on joining Eurasian integrational processes and establishing stronger ties with the Post-Soviet states.

The document signed by the DPR Head Denis Pushilin and published on his official website stipulates that the Concept of the Foreign Policy of the DPR is a systemic description of basic principles, priorities, goals and objectives of the foreign policy of the state.

With the DPR sovereignty being the top priority, the concept focuses on creating favorable environment for political, social and economic development, strengthening international ties and modernizing key spheres.

"The modern world is experiencing a transition from the unipolar to multipolar model. /…/ The process brings along new challenges, threats and instability," the document reads.

Priorities of the DPR in its foreign policy are as follows:

-  Protecting rights and freedoms of compatriots living in the DPR and abroad, irrespective of their race, gender, language, religion, political beliefs, descent, property status;

-  Achieving the recognition of the DPR right to sovereignty, increasing the number of states recognizing the DPR as an independent state;

-  Securing favorable external environment for development as an independent subject of international law by diplomatic means;

-  Securing DPR participation in integrational processes in the post-Soviet space;

-  Settlement of the armed conflict on the DPR territory by peaceful negotiations on an equal footing only, based on principles stipulated by the Minsk Agreements.

The abovementioned key priorities are to be achieved through:

-  Establishment of stable peace between the DPR and LPR on one side and Ukraine on the other side;

-  Influencing Ukrainian authorities via mechanisms of diplomacy with the help of the international community and with the purpose of implementing obligations assumed by Ukraine within the framework of the Minsk Agreements;

-  International legal recognition of the DPR and becoming a member of the United Nations;

-  Development of friendly relations with Post-Soviet countries and using various mechanisms to participate in Eurasian integrational formations, such as the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Community, Shanghai Cooperation Organization;

-  Establishment and development of cooperation, strengthening relations in various spheres with other states, international organizations, economic and humanitarian institutions, foundationsa and public organizations of various levels;

-  Providing informational security of the DPR;

-  Use of instruments of public democracy to achieve the key goals of the DPR foreign policy;

-  Establishment of DPR positive image on the international scene;

-  Shift to the standards of the Collective Security Treaty Organization with the perspective of joining it.

The document names interaction with neighboring states – Russia, LPR, Ukraine, South Ossetia and Post-Soviet states among the key strategic directions.

Multi-vector diplomacy, international cooperation are also among key priorities.

The relationship between the DPR and LPR is defined as a "military-strategic, brotherly and having great potential for development".

The relationship between the DPR and Ukraine is described as being in the stage of confrontation, while the ties between the people of the two countries predetermine the necessity of a good-neighborly elation.

The relations with the South Ossetia are of a very important nature, according to the Concept.

The DPR also aims at strengthening and developing political, economic, cultural, social and other relations with Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Transnistria.

"The key priority of the DPR foreign policy is participation in integrational processes in the Eurasian space. The DPR is to pursue a comprehensive participation in the Commonwealth of Independent States, Eurasian Economic Community, Shanghai Cooperation Organization," the document reads.

"The interaction with the OSCE has a special meaning for the DPR, as the organization is one of the mediators in the talks between the DPR and Ukraine and makes its contribution to the peaceful political settlement."

The DPR supports peace policy and builds its relations with other states and international organizations on the basis of mutual respect, mutually beneficial cooperation and taking account of each other's interests.

As for the DPR foreign economic policy, the Republic aims at the well-being of its citizens, implementing its industrial potential and creating investment-attractive environment.

In terms of informational policy, the DPR sticks to such objectives as:

-  Bringing information about the DPR and its relations with Ukraine to international community;

-  Creating the positive image of the Republic as a social state securing inter-ethnic harmony and the right of peoples to self-determination.

The DPR stands for the strict and precise implementation of the Minsk Agreements. "An important condition of the future DPR-Ukraine relations model is a comprehensive system of internal and external guarantees to prevent any force, political or economic pressure on any sides of the Minsk Agreements." *ot