Ukrainian authorities do not trust the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has declared to the edition «GORDON» the coordinator of the civil campaign «European Belarus» Zmitser Bandarenka, commenting on the detention of Ukrainian citizens on the territory of Belarus.
«Immediately after the Maidan, I began to travel to Ukraine for one purpose only: I wanted to convey to the Ukrainian elites that building relations with the Belarusian dictator is nothing good they will bring. But, unfortunately, our warnings were not heeded. And now we see the effect of the Belarusian authorities. In addition, the detention of Ukrainians may be associated with other processes. In particular, there was information about the alleged reduction in the supply of Belarusian oil products to Ukraine. Simultaneously there was an information war over military exercises «West-2017″. Then sharply worsened Ukraine’s relations with Poland and Hungary. Now we see a diplomatic row with Belarus,» – said Bondarenko.
He does not exclude that actions of the Belarusian side can cause the expulsion of its diplomats from Ukraine.
«The detention of Ukrainians can lead to the expulsion of Belarusian diplomats from Ukraine. I regard what is happening as an attempt to test their strength not only by the Belarusian regime, but Russia as well. One cannot say that Moscow wants to split Ukraine and Belarus. Lukashenko and so part of the military-political system of the Russian Federation. Therefore, the attitude to it should be appropriate. And Russia will look at the reaction of Ukraine. In fact, it is starting to be active arms of Minsk,» – said Bondarenko.
For the last three months on the territory of Belarus was detained a number of citizens of Ukraine. In particular, on 24 August the officers of the Russian FSB abducted 19-year-old Ukrainian Pavel Mushroom. On 17 November, the head of the National public broadcasting company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania said that Belarus has detained the journalist of «Ukrayinsky radio» Paul Sharoika. Today it became known about detention of the Director of the Ukrainian PJSC «Plant of the weighting» by Alexander Skyby on business trips to Minsk tractor plant.
Moscow begins to be active arms of Minsk – the Belarusian opposition Bondarenko about the detention of Ukrainians in Belarus 20.11.2017