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Andrei Sannikau Replied to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

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Andrei Sannikau Replied to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
Andrei Sannikau

The Belarusian opposition unconditionally supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

One of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition, the leader of the civil campaign "European Belarus" Andrei Sannikau answered the question of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine:

- Recently, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, respected by me Dmitry Kuleba, publicly asked about the Belarusian opposition's attitude to Ukraine, Russian aggression, illegal occupation of Ukrainian territories, the annexation of Crimea.

I think this question is rhetorical, but if you need an answer, then here it is:

The Belarusian opposition unconditionally supports Ukraine's territorial integrity, condemns Russian aggression, does not recognize the annexation of Crimea, and considers it Ukrainian.

If someone says otherwise, then this is not the opposition and not the Belarusian one.

Moreover, on some issues, we take an even more principled position than the Ukrainian authorities, for example, on the Minsk talks. It was obvious to us from the very beginning that negotiations for peace on the territory of the murderer were doomed to failure, and to continue them now is a crime.

I, in turn, also have questions to the foreign ministry of Ukraine, of the state on which the future of our region largely depends:

Why are you ashamed to support the democratic forces of Belarus? Why do you declare your adherence to the ideals of democracy only to your Western partners, while in Belarus, you are dealing mainly with the regime? The regime that supports the annexation of Crimea, promotes the war in eastern Ukraine, conducts maneuvers that threaten international peace on the territory of Belarus and has long had no legitimacy.

Why has the foreign ministry of Ukraine been so shy about meeting with the Belarusian opposition recently, to demonstrate adherence to the principles of democracy?

Previously it was different. For example, one of my first meetings as a representative of the "shadow government" of Gennady Karpenko, I held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the legendary Gennady Iosifovich Udovenko, and I met my friend and colleague Konstantin Ivanovich Grishchenko many times.

Don't be embarrassed. You are a powerful state, a cornerstone, as the leading political scientists of the world say, not only of security but also of the democratic development of a vast region.

Ukraine today could play an important role in normalizing the situation in Belarus, ending violence, supporting the democratic forces and the people of our country.

Glory to Ukraine!

Long live Belarus!

As a reminder, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba said in an interview with UNN that he wants to hear the position of the Belarusian opposition regarding the development of relations with his country.

"I want to see, I want to hear (I will use your interview, I hope they will read) the position of the Belarusian opposition regarding the further development of relations with Ukraine," said Kuleba. - I just heard the statements of Mrs. Cikhanouskaja about the Crimea. She said that she did not have information about what actually happened there in 2014, and when she becomes president, she will definitely find out and define her position."

The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry also recalled the work of a member of the Presidium of the Coordination Council Pavel Latushka as a representative of Belarus to UNESCO.

"I know how Mr. Latushka acted when considering issues related to the illegal occupation of Crimea by Russia and the systemic violation of human rights on the peninsula. You understand that he did not act as the Ukrainian side would have expected from a friendly, neighboring state. Therefore, I now hear many statements by the leaders of the Belarusian opposition about their attitude towards Russia, and these, by the way, are very positive statements - they all count on friendly relations with Russia. It would be very useful if they expressed their attitude to Ukraine, how they will assess and relate to the Russian aggression against our state, to the illegal occupation of Ukrainian territories. These are very simple statements that can sound and become a clear signal for Ukraine," Kuleba added.

"On our part, in difficult times for the Belarusian society, we took a very clear position, condemning the violence of the Belarusian police against the protesters. It's time now for us to hear the position of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition on the future of the Belarusian-Ukrainian relations."