President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that he did not discuss recognition of Crimea as “Russian” with President of Russia Vladimir Putin.
“No, we (with the president of the Russian Federation) did not discuss such issues. I cannot even tell you how we initially discussed the issues of Crimea, Donbas, when they appeared; we had full mutual understanding. I am thankful to Putin for his understanding of my state. I will not reveal the details but I estimated it; however, I should not delve into this issue,” he said.
“When I was at the inauguration of Poroshenko in the same year; four years ago…it was hot weather, over 30 degrees. The western and Ukrainian journalists surrounded me near the Rada and began to ask me, whose Crimea is – Russian or Ukrainian. I did not prepare for this question and did not want to answer it. I asked them: “How many Ukrainians died during the seizure of Crimea by Russia?”. They were silent. None. How many shots went off? None. It means that you silently agreed that Crimea is not yours, at least. And then I was talking about this issue right there, in Ukraine, and I was asked any question after that,” he added.
“It was an absolutely unexpected answer for them, namely, if it is yours then die, fight for this piece of land,” Lukashenko concluded.
Crimea was annexed by Russia after the illegal referendum held on the peninsula in March 2014. Earlier, the Russian military captured all strategic military objects and buildings of the key authoritative bodies. Neither Ukraine nor the rest of the civilized countries recognized the results of the referendum. A number of the European and the world countries, including Ukraine, imposed the economic sanctions against Russia.