Alexander Lukashenkoon: Alexey Druzhinin / press service of the Russian President / TASS
A number of Western partners of Belarus “delighted” from the position of Minsk relative sovereignty and international legal status of several regions on the territory of the former Soviet Union. This statement on Wednesday, 31 October, at the opening meeting of the Core group of the Munich security conference made by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, reports Tut.by.
According to him, a number of European countries has a claim to Minsk. “We are told that Europe is interested in Belarus’ sovereignty. Some of our Western partners are happy with the position of Minsk on Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and Crimea and Donbass. However, as soon as it comes to the specific issues of cooperation, we have, it turns out that there are problems with human rights,” — said Lukashenko.
“Let’s see what happens with democracy in Western Europe. If the Germans did not appreciate the role of [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel in history and ready to throw in the backyard, I congratulate you. You see what happens to you, in Europe, democracy, and you still speak of democracy in the former Soviet republics”, — he said.
A decree on recognition of independence of the two States by Russia in August 2008 was signed by President Dmitry Medvedev after unsuccessful attempt of Georgia to return South Ossetia under its control. The independence of South Ossetia has recognized Syria, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru. On the recognition of Abkhazia in addition to these four countries, said Vanuatu. Belarus independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are not recognized.
Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the majority voted for such a decision. Official Minsk still did not recognize the Russian status of Crimea.
On the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine continued armed confrontation between the Kiev authorities and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics, declared its independence in April 2014. Ukraine considers these territories occupied by Russia. The independence of the republics is not recognised by any member state of the UN.
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