Senator commented on Kiev’s reaction to Lukashenko’s statement about Crimea

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President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during an interview with the international news agency Russia Today - 1920, 01.12.2021

SIMFEROPOL, 1 Dec – The Ukrainian authorities react painfully to the statement of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko about Crimea and his upcoming visit to the peninsula, meanwhile, they need to think about their own people and not involve people in solving their own political mercantile tasks, said Senator from Sevastopol Yekaterina Altabayeva.
Lukashenko previously 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.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in turn that Kiev will assess Lukashenko’s actions regarding Crimea, not his words, but if Belarus really recognizes Crimea as Russian, Ukraine will act “in full,” he said.
“The level of relations between Russia and Belarus is now such that President Lukashenko’s intention will certainly come true. We, of course, are waiting for the leader of a friendly state in Sevastopol, I think that President Lukashenko will appreciate him and how he has changed over the past seven years. what the Ukrainian authorities think about this are their internal painful reflections on the topic “how to return something that is definitely not their territory,” Altabayeva said.
The policy pursued by the current leadership in Kiev is short-sighted and does not take into account the interests of its own population, the senator said.
“I would like to hope that Ukrainian politicians, sane people will think about their people. Because only a madman can make his people hostage to political ambitions. What is actually happening now – no one thinks about people, and everyone in the country’s leadership decides their mercantile political tasks … This is a completely unpromising and very short-sighted policy, “said the agency’s interlocutor.

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