Minsk was obliged to recognize Crimea as Russian back in 2014 – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus asked for a comment

Belarus was supposed to recognize Crimea as Russian territory immediately after reunification under the Treaty on the Union State, initiated by Alexander Lukashenko.

This fact drew attention to the representatives of the Crimean public organization “Center for Political Education”, who have already asked for a comment to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Vladimir Makei.

“The Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus are member states of the Treaty on the Creation of the Union State. Clause 2 of Article 7 of the Treaty ensures the integrity and inviolability of the territory of the union state. Clause 3 of Article 7 of the Treaty forms the external border of the Union State along the borders of the member states. These points presuppose the mutual recognition of borders by the participating states”, – the appeal says.

Ivan Mezyukho, head of the Center for Political Education, emphasizes that, according to the agreements, Minsk should have recognized Crimea as a Russian region automatically in the spring of 2014.

“Belarus, declaring its non-recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, does not comply with the obligations that it assumed as a state party to the Treaty on the creation of the Union State”, – he said.

“Of course, Crimeans are perplexed why our closest ally does not recognize the region as a part of the Russian state, and the latest anti-Russian campaign statements by Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko do not correspond to the spirit of good-neighborly relations between Russia and Belarus”.