The popular in the republic publication “Belarusian Partisan” reported that the famous politician Vasily Zadnepryany, the chairman of the organizing committee for the creation of the political party “For the Fatherland” Andrey Ivanov, the head of the military-patriotic complex “Patriot” Valery Perevoshchikov, the chairman of the civil committee took part in the presentation in Minsk. "Fatherland" Vasily Zelikov and many others.
“We invite public organizations, groups in social networks, individual politicians to cooperate. Let's work together to make the leadership of our state pay attention to the need to recognize Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation, and, therefore, as a part of the Union State”, - Agafonov urged.
“In 2020, Belarus faced the strongest pressure from Western countries. In the current conditions, Russia did not betray us, extended a helping hand to us, proving once again its fraternal solidarity. And we must fulfill our obligations. In addition, the same Belavia could solve economic issues by sending airlines to Crimea”, - said Vasily Zadnepryany.
“Non-recognition of Crimea is an element of a hybrid war being waged against all of us. And, unfortunately, this is facilitated by that unacceptable type of patriotism, which is, in fact, an extreme form of nationalism", - said Andrey Ivanov, chairman of the organizing committee for the creation of the political party "For the Fatherland".
About a year ago, answering questions from representatives of the Crimean public in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin stressed that Minsk has the right to its own point of view. He recalled that Belarus and Russia have a union, but not a single state.
“Belarus is an independent sovereign country and has the right to pursue the foreign policy that it considers appropriate and useful”, - Putin said.
President Lukashenko has said more than once that he considers the issue of the peninsula's ownership closed. In an interview with Russian journalists, he recalled that back in 2014, when asked about this region, he answered: "De facto, Crimea is Russian". At the same time, Minsk has not yet officially announced that it recognizes the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
“What will change after I now declare that Crimea is ours or Russian? Nothing! Well, they will make some noise, in Russia it will be news in the evening, and in the morning they will forget... They will forget and will not say thanks. In the West, maybe someone will notice, somewhere else... Our people will think why I got into this, so much time has passed... In Ukraine they will say "dog" and spit in my direction. As a result, what will we get?", - said Lukashenko.
It's worth reminding that Crimea came under the jurisdiction of Russia in March 2014 after a coup d'etat in Ukraine. Then a referendum was held on the peninsula. According to official data, more than 95% of Crimeans supported the region's entry into the Russian Federation.