Leader of Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya who currently lives in the neighboring Lithuania shared her views on Crimea's status. She spoke with LRT, the Lithuanian TV and radio company on this issue.
"When I was a contender, when I ran for presidency, I voiced out what was accepted in Belarus, saying that Crimea was de jure Ukrainian territory, and de facto it was Russian. Indeed, we understand there are international laws, and another country took Crimea, contrary to these laws", Tsikhanouskaya said in the interview.
The official also added that the main task for her and her aides was to sort it out with the situation in Belarus and to address whatever was crucial for the fellow citizens, like new presidential elections. According to her, the situation with Crimea is quite complicated, and Belarusians have different points of view in this regard.
It is worth noticing that the Belarusian government and President Alexander Lukashenko do not recognize the annexation of Crimea by Russia - de jure. On the other hand, Lukashenko repeatedly claimed that after 2014, the peninsula de facto became a part of the Russian Federation.