Wait-and-see stance: Belarus to recognise new Ukrainian government?

When protests on Maidan just erupted Aliaksandr Lukashenka called them ‘horror and disaster’. But it is curious that Minsk expressed its readiness to cooperate with the protest leaders.

Belarus will develop its relations with Ukraine’s new leadership as the country forms a new government, Dzmitry Mironchyk, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, said at yesterday’s briefing. Belarus may consider offering medical care to people injured in clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police in Ukraine if anyone applies, the official stressed.

This statement apparently shows the Belarus’s intention to recognise Ukraine’s new government and cooperate with them. Mr Mironchyk expressed hope that the situation in Ukraine would soon be stabilized. According to him, a few citizens of Belarus contacted the embassy asking to evacuate them from Ukraine. However, there is no need for evacuation at present.

The spokesman stressed that the Foreign Ministry had asked Ukrainian authorities to thoroughly investigate the death of Mikhail Zhyzneuski, a citizen of Belarus killed during clashes in Kyiv on January, 22. The Ministry has not yet received any reply to its request.


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