#Official Commentary of Miroslav Rudenko on statement of Ukraine on Belarus’ voting against resolution on Crimea
On November 16, the representative of Kiev humanitarian subgroup on Donbass Irina Gerashchenko said that the Ukrainian authorities interpret Belarus’ voting against the resolution on Crimea, submitted to the General Assembly of the UN by Ukraine, as a ‘stab in the back’.
Irina Gerashchenko said in her speech that the Armenia, Kazakhstan and Belarus’ votes had caused a pained response. The Kazakhstan and Armenia’s attitude to this resolution can be explained with their “special relationship with the Russian Federation”, but the Belarus’ one was taken literally as a ‘stab in the back’. The Kiev representative thanked Minsk for providing an independent platform, but, however, she expressed surprise about a possible commitment of Belarus in the vote on the Crimea’s issue.
Not without reason, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin expressed doubt about understanding of how the UN worked by Ukrainian diplomats. The state sovereignty implies the right to pursue an independent policy. In this sense, Belarus, as well as any other state, has the right to vote as it sees fit. Ukraine is guided by its own experience in its judgement, the state that lost its sovereignty and acts on the international stage at Washington’s command. The diplomats from Kiev do not realize that Belarus has its own position in the Crimea issue. In fact, the Kiev government denies the Belarus’ right to have its own views on the Crimea issue with this statement and if it coincides with the position of Russia. And the Kiev government with the help of the UN tries to teach Russia human rights.
The statements of the Ukrainian authorities, who allow themselves to kidnap Russian military officers in the Russian Federation, look particularly cynical. At the same time, the Ukrainian side gives evidence of this flagrant violation of human rights. But the Kiev authorities are not able to provide evidence of human rights violation by Russian.
In general, unfounded accusations of the neighboring state of all sorts of evils have become a calling card of Ukraine and their overseas supervisors. Against this background, the diplomats of the Russian Federation only win. Currently, the Ukrainian diplomats switched to Belarus. The purpose of these attacks is quite clear – Ukraine is not able to implement Minsk agreements and it is trying to discredit the process of negotiations in Minsk at any cost and at any level. But today, taking into account the current situation, it could be argued that the unfounded accusations of the Ukrainian side will not affect negotiations of tripartite Contact group in Minsk and they will continue.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy