The prospects for the Belarusian-Ukrainian relations may become far dimmer after the ruler recognised Crimea as a part of Russia.
Political observer Raman Yakauleuski spoke to charter97.org about the Belarusian dictator's recognition of the annexation of Crimea.
“Lukashenka used clear and simple terms to explain the difference between the non-recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia and the Crimean situation. Crimea and Sevastopol were hastily declared a new federal subject of the Russian Federation. Lukashenka recalled that Russia is recognised in the world. The Crimean situation is more difficult de facto than de jure. Putin will not allow his allies to remain silent again as it was in August 2008,” the observer is confident.
Yakauleuski noted Kyiv didn't leave the Belarusian ruler's remarks unnoticed and recalled the Ukrainian ambassador to Minsk for consultations.
“I think the prospects for the bilateral relations will become even dimmer. As well as Lukashenka's hints on meetings with Ukrainian politicians in the near future. I am almost sure there's no Yanukovych's name among them. However, as everybody noticed, this politician appeared in Rostov-on-Don before journalists on Putin's order,” he supposes.
The political observer thinks the West will view its relations with official Minsk in the context of the Kremlin's conduct after the latest negative statements about the EU made by the Belarusian dictator.
“Lukashenka already pledged his absolute loyalty to the Kremlin. He will become even more dependent on the growing isolation of Putin,” Raman Yakauleuski said.
In a conversation with journalists on March 23, Lukashenka recognised Crimea as a part of Russia.
“Crimea, just like Ossetia, Abkhazia and other regions, is not an independent state. Today Crimea is part of the Russian Federation. No matter whether you recognize it or not, the fact remains. Belarus has already declared its position on the matter. Some say that this position aims at avoiding confrontation with the two states. But Belarus is not going to confront anyone,” he said.