Alexei Chepa, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, assessed the statement of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on the condition of recognizing Crimea as part of Russia, transfers RBC.
Chepa added that the Budapest Memorandum does not affect Belarus’ recognition of the Russian status of the peninsula.
On August 9, the President of Belarus promised to recognize Crimea as part of Russia after all the Russian oligarchs do so.
Lukashenko added that his hands were “untied” because of the actions of the Ukrainian authorities. “They howled:“ Lukashenka will fly to Crimea through Russia! ” So I can’t fly through Ukraine. Madmen, ”the Belarusian president said.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry summoned the Charge d’Affaires of Belarus Kirill Kamyshev to hand over a note of protest over Lukashenka’s statements regarding the status of Crimea. The diplomats assured that the president of the republic is violating the earlier assumed obligations and norms of international law.
Minsk called Kiev’s actions unfriendly.
Federation Council member Olga Kovitidi noted that Lukashenka’s statement about Crimea is inappropriate. She stressed that the multi-vector nature of the President of Belarus on a number of geopolitical issues carries serious risks. According to her, Crimea is a “political reagent” showing Lukashenka’s genuine attitude towards Russia. Kovitidi also noted that it is practically impossible to maintain political stability in Belarus without the support of Moscow and deeper integration with Russia.
State Duma deputy from Crimea Ruslan Balbek, commenting on the words of the Belarusian leader about Crimea, said that Lukashenka would not be able to “sit on two chairs.” Balbek stressed that such a position “will not bring Lukashenka closer to Europe”, but at the same time “will cause bewilderment among Russians from such behavior of an ally.”
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of those who voted in the region supported such a decision. Ukraine, the EU countries and the United States refused to recognize the results of the vote, calling the reunification of the peninsula with mainland Russia an annexation. The Russian authorities reject these allegations and insist that the accession procedure was in accordance with international law.