Home > News > World
Sunday March 23, 2014 MYT 7:46:57 PM
Sunday March 23, 2014 MYT 7:48:17 PM
MINSK (Reuters) - Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday criticised Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea as setting a "bad precedent", but said that the territory was now "de facto" a part of Russia.
Speaking to reporters in Minsk, Lukashenko, a close ally of Russia, said that Ukraine, which shares a long land border with Belarus, should remain "a single, indivisible, integral, non-bloc state."
"Crimea is not dangerous in the sense that it has become part of Russia but in so much as a bad precedent has been created," he said.
But he said the territory was now "de facto" part of the Russian Federation. "You can recognise it, or not recognise it. It doesn't change anything," he said.
(Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Richard Balmforth and Sonya Hepinstall)
Germany sees no change in Crimea as action against Russia looms
Russia could achieve Ukraine incursion in 3-5 days - NATO general
Russia to provide Belarus with up to $2 billion in borrowings - Putin
Russia keeps up pressure on Belarus over potash arrest
Russia orders oil cut to Belarus after potash clash
Tunisians vote in historic presidential run-off
CIA unlikely to punish staff over Senate computer search - NYT
Egypt's Sisi meets Qatari envoy, signalling possible detente
Yazidis cheer Kurds on Iraqi mountain for breaking Islamic State siege
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
Michael Stuhlbarg to play key Apple developer in Steve Jobs biopic
United's Falcao on target but gets no guarantees
Seven breakthroughs needed to transform global health
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)