Alexander Lukashenko The Belarusian president told RIA Novosti news agency on Tuesday that he is preparing for an official visit to Crimea at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
His visit will be a recognition of Russia’s sovereignty over the peninsula, which broke away from Ukraine in 2014, against the vast majority of UN member states.
If I, the chief, came there (Crimea) with the Russian president, listen here, what would it be but confession. This is with butter, as they say in Russia
– told reporters Lukashenko. According to him, there is no doubt between him and Putin that he considers Crimea a Russian territory.
Russia invaded Crimea in March 2014 after military intervention and calling for a referendum whose legitimacy was not recognized by Ukraine or Western powers.
Lukashenko did not say when the official visit would be, saying he was waiting for a decision from the Kremlin.
The Belarusian president said in an interview that he would ask Vladimir Putin for nuclear weapons if NATO deployed such weapons in neighboring Poland.
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