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15 January 2021, 14:26

Opinion: Ukraine's stance on Belarus is dictated by outside forces

Konstantin Kurylev. Photo courtesy of  Trend news agency
Konstantin Kurylev. Photo courtesy of Trend news agency

MINSK, 15 January (BelTA) – Ukraine's joining the sanctions against Belarus represents another decision dictated by outside forces. It once again demonstrates the inconsistency of the Ukrainian policy. Konstantin Kurylev, Director of the Russian Center for Studying Post-Soviet Countries, a professor of the RUDN University, made the statement on the air of the TV channel Belarus One, BelTA has learned.

Konstantin Kurylev said: “Ukraine has never been independent. Events of 2014 were actually the final step in making Ukraine a state, which is controlled by outside forces. One should bear it in mind from the point of view of building relations with the country. This is why they did something one could expect from them, from the political regime that exists in the country.”

Konstantin Kurylev added that it was a predictable move. “Yes, they turned towards President Lukashenko and indeed there was rapprochement when he played a positive role in the negotiation process by providing a negotiation venue. But once these events inside Belarus began, then of course Ukraine quite predictably made a U-turn and demonstrated its true intentions, to be exact, true intentions of the forces that stay behind it, primarily the United States of America,” Konstantin Kurylev stressed.

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