MINSK, 1 December (BelTA) – Ukrainian military asked Russian colleagues to save Crimea from a NATO invasion in 2014 and Vladimir Putin was informed about it. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in an interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.
Aleksandr Lukashenko remarked that Ukrainian military did not resist Crimea's takeover by Russia because there was an arrangement with Russian military. He said: “They [Ukrainian military] contacted Russians. Not the highest level… Military. They had a conversation. Well done, Ukrainians, of course. They warned Russians that Crimea will not be Russian if we failed to take certain steps. It will not be Ukrainian either. Whose then? NATO's. Back then NATO had Crimea in its sights. And after another meeting with the Russians… They suggested: tell your president that the problem of Crimea needs to be resolved. As far as I know, the president of Russia was informed about it.”