SIMFEROPOL, 1 Dec – The head of the Crimean parliament Vladimir Konstantinov said that the Crimeans are waiting for the visit of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, this will give a start for the development of joint projects.
Lukashenko earlier said in an interview that he intends to visit Crimea, there is an agreement with the head of the Russian state Vladimir Putin. Lukashenko said that Crimea became de facto and de jure Russian after the 2014 referendum, and added that his trip would mean the recognition of the peninsula as part of the Russian Federation.
“We saw the public reaction of the President of Belarus to the invitation to Crimea, now we are waiting. I am convinced that this will happen and will give a start to joint projects that we and the citizens of friendly Belarus need,” said Konstantinov.
In turn, the head of the Crimean public chamber, Alexander Formanchuk, said that the Belarusian leader should have visited Crimea back in 2014.
“We see that Alexander Grigorievich (Lukashenko – ed.) Has abandoned the policy of double standards and acts as a real ally of Russia. In Crimea, Belarus has always been perceived as one of the friendly republics. rest “, – said Formanchuk.
According to him, Belarusian products are in great demand among Crimeans.
“The development of economic relations will receive a new impetus after the visit of the President of Belarus to Crimea. This will give an impetus to the restoration of traditional ties between our Crimea and Belarus,” Formanchuk said.
Crimea became a Russian region in March 2014 following a referendum held after a coup in Ukraine. At the referendum, 96.77% of Crimean voters and 95.6% of Sevastopol residents spoke in favor of joining Russia. Ukraine still considers Crimea to be its own, but temporarily occupied territory. The Russian leadership has repeatedly stated that the inhabitants of Crimea democratically, in full compliance with international law and the UN Charter, voted for reunification with Russia. According to the Russian president, the Crimea issue is “completely closed.”