The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said that Minsk will face “irreparable consequences” if Belarus recognizes Crimea as Russian territory. This was announced by the press secretary of the Ukrainian department Oleg Nikolenko, reports RBC-Ukraine.
He noted that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry proceeds from the fact that Minsk officially supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within the internationally recognized borders.
“Changing the approach of Belarus for de jure recognition of the temporarily occupied Crimea as the territory of Russia will lead to irreparable consequences for the Ukrainian-Belarusian relations,” Nikolenko said.
He expressed the hope that in Belarus they are aware of the issue of the peninsula’s ownership and will not allow actions that contradict the norms of international law.
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said earlier that Minsk’s position on Crimea remains the same. At the same time, he added that Belarusians understand that the peninsula is now “Russian territory.”
Earlier, the chairman of the Permanent Commission on International Affairs of the House of Representatives, Andrei Savinykh, said that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko recognizes Crimea as Russian territory.