The words of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko about Ukraine’s unwillingness to fight for the Crimea is absurd, said the head of Committee of the Crimean Parliament’s public diplomacy and international relations Yuriy HEMPEL in an interview with RIA Novosti.
According to him, the people expect from the leader of Belarus recognition of Russian status of the Peninsula. “Lukashenko did not justify the hopes of the Crimean people. Such statements are absurd, as, in fact, they are encouraged to fight for territory against the nation and its peaceful and civilized choice,” he said.
HEMPEL advised the Belarusian leader to visit Crimea before you make such statements. “Come and you will realize that the reunification of the Crimea with Russia is a natural and legitimate process of returning of the Crimean people to their homeland”, — he added.
Earlier, Lukashenko accused the Ukrainian leadership in the loss of the country’s Crimea. “Is this the way to protect their land? If I have even a piece of land tried to pick it up, there would are already thousands of people! Crimea is the pearl, and you did not fight! Of course, there would be fighting, are you?! It’s your land, your people — how could you not fight?” he said.
Crimea became part of Russia in 2014, after a referendum in which the majority of respondents supported this decision. In the same year, the United States, European Union and some other countries have introduced sanctions against Russia due to the annexation of the Peninsula. Kiev considers the territory annexed and accuses Moscow of violating the rights of the Crimean Tatars. Russian authorities deny these accusations.