- Jan 2019
I'd say it doesn't matter. If the countries aligned with NATO and the EU decide that some particular region should have national self-determination they'll recognise it, and maybe China, Russia, India, etc will say "nah" because it means dividing up a country they have influence with. And vice versa. There is no precedence in international law. Nobody will care if Donetsk and Lugansk use precedence because not even Russia will recognise them.Sure, but Kosovo's independence created a dangerous precedent. Russia already used it, who knows what country will use it next. If Kosovo can be independent, so can Donetsk and Lugansk. Of course, we must take circumstances into account, but in both cases the separatists (Albanians/Russians) claimed they were intolerably oppressed by the country they were seceding from and so they needed independence.