The head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko believes it is wrong to criticize the Russian Federation at the conference "Eastern partnership" in Riga in its lack.
The summit of "Eastern partnership" of the EU will be held in Riga on 21-22 may. Program participants are Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. First official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Alexander Lukashevich said that the reaction of the capital of Russia at the Summit of "Eastern partnership" will be a tough and principled, this meeting has a clear anti-Russian orientation.
"Russia is not included in" Eastern partnership ". Why in absentia, without Russia, are obliged to kick, and for the Crimea?" - Lukashenka said on the last working day of the week at the Congress of the Federation of trade unions of Belarus in Minsk." We are fundamentally opposed to the "Eastern partnership" was against someone ", - noted He.
The Belarusian leader was indignant with that the summit in Riga gathered in each document to stigmatize the Russian Federation, not directly, indirectly. "" why should We be against Russia? We showed up the place of peace, a gathering of leaders of world powers to stop the war (in Ukraine). As we are told, together, let us rise up against Russia, " - said Lukashenko. He emphasized that in this case, Belarus will lose its image as a neutral negotiation platform for the resolution of the conflict situation in the South-East of Ukraine.
first Minister of foreign Affairs of Luxembourg Jean Asselborn said that the member countries of "Eastern partnership" at a conference in Riga must strive for unanimity in the estimates of the situation in Ukraine and the reunification of the Crimea with Russia.
Crimea again became a Russian region after the March referendum in which a Large number of residents at that time still Ukrainian autonomy, do not recognise the legitimacy of the February coup in Ukraine, voted for joining the Russian Federation. Ukraine still considers Crimea its, but at the time occupied territory. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation has stated many times that the residents of the Crimea in a democratic way, in full accordance with international law and the Charter of the United Nations voted for reunification with Russia, respecting and accepting this choice, and this decision is the reality that ought to be considered.