Ukraine Condemns Belarusian President's Statement Against the EU

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, April 28, 2011 - Ukraine considers the official Minsk and Belarusian President
Lukashenko's recent approach in relations with the European Union and other
members of the international community inconsistent with international
communication norms. A statement has been released by the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs of Ukraine (MFA) in response to Lukashenko's address to the European
and Ukrainian leadership.

In the statement, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the
Belarusian President's comments "unprecedentedly inappropriate". However,
Ukraine expressed hope that the Belarusian leadership would return to
constructive dialogue with the EU and Ukraine. Both Ukraine and the EU would
like to see Belarus a prosperous, democratic and successful state.

Also, according to the statement, both the Ukrainian state and
people stay firm in preserving their "warm and friendly" attitude towards
Belarusian people. "The tragic accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant
unites the three neighboring and friendly nations - Ukrainian, Russian, and
Belarusian. This was the reasoning behind Ukrainian President Viktor
invitation of the presidents of the Russian Federation and
Belarus to jointly commemorate the victims of the largest anthropogenic
accident in the history of human kind on the very day Chornobyl blew up.
There should be no politics on this day," reads the statement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stated that verbal
insults are unacceptable in communication between state leaders, who
represent independent countries and unions of member-states.

Yesterday, President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko
commented on his absence at the Chornobyl conference in Kyiv, initiated by
the Ukrainian president. In his interview, Lukashenko criticises European
leaders, namely the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel
, and the Ukrainian president.

On March 18, Ukraine stated its eagerness to promote the
renewal of relations between Belarus and the EU. Earlier, on January 31, the
EU banned the entry of 158 Belarusian high officials, including President
Lukashenko and two of his sons. The EU and nine other EU-friendly states
(Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Iceland, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Serbia, Liechtenstein and Norway) have imposed such penalties in protest to
perceived repression of the Belarusian opposition by the country's
leadership, following December 19 presidential elections.

For more information, contact Maryna Khorunzha +380443324784, news at, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine

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