Venediktov recalled Lukashenko's words about the impossibility of recognizing Crimea as Russian

Alexey Venediktov: Lukashenko has lost the opportunity to be an intermediary between Kiev and Moscow Alexander Lukashenko on the impossibility of recognizing Crimea as Russian territory. His words are quoted by the Telegram channel “Told on Echo.” Crimea is Russian, because the Budapest Treaty was with me, I was already president. ” Everything turned out not quite so or not at all, “Venediktov said.

He also believes that by calling Crimea Russian, Lukashenko lost the opportunity to mediate in relations between Kiev and Moscow.

On Wednesday, November 30, the President of Belarus called Crimea de facto and de jure Russian territory, and also promised to visit the peninsula together with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called this statement very important.

Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 after a referendum in which the overwhelming majority of the region's residents who voted supported such a decision.