Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus, has stated that his attitude to the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine has not changed in six years. In addition, the Belarusian Leader believes that the blame for the events that led to the Maidan is the policy of Ukraine’s fourth president, Viktor Yanukovych. Lukashenko is convinced that in the period of 2013-2014 a coup d’etat and not a revolution took place in Ukraine. He even said that he was ready to shelter Viktor Yanukovych in Belarus, who escaped from Ukraine in connection with the revolutionary events. He stated this in an interview with Dmitry Gordon.

In addition, Lukashenko believes that Ukraine should have fought for Crimea: “In February 2014, Ukraine had neither the power nor the desire and wish to protect its piece of land. This attitude towards Crimea on the part of Ukraine is absurd. Residents of the Peninsula did not feel the impact of Ukrainian law on their lives.”

The Belarusian leader added: “Not everything was as large as Ukrainians now imagine.The arms conflict is always the last thing to avoid, but in the case of the Peninsula, it was worth acting decisively. Crimea is a pearl, and you did not fight!”

Natalia Tolub

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