Belarus MP approves of Crimea’s annexation by Russia

“I cannot tell you anything because I am not aware of it. I cannot answer this question,” the secretary of the Parliamentary Commission told Euroradio. He advised that we asked MPs about it – they are working in election districts now and will return to Minsk only a week before the new parliamentary session.

While I was trying to find MPs all over Belarus, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the agreement on Crimea and Sevastopol’s annexation with the newly-elected administration of the peninsula. The present gave him a standing ovation.

The commission may discuss the Crimean issue at a quick session, member of the House of Representtaives standing commission for foreign affairs Victar Fesak said. However, the peninsula issue remains vague at the moment.

“Decisions are being made. It will be clear when they are made. We will return in a week and I think that we will get down to work.”

Meanwhile, some commissions are still working and gathering in Minsk, the website of the House of Representatives reports. The labour and social issues commission has organized a round-table discussion of the problems of the handicapped. A delegation of the House of Representatives is meeting MPs in Geneva. “Members of the Belarusian delegation have taken met members of the Executive Committee, Coordination Committee of female MPs, standing commissions for peace and international security of the inter-parliamentary council and committees for democracy and human rights,” the website reports.

A member of the foreign affairs commission has also asked to wait for decisions to be made. MPs are working in their constituencies and are dealing with electors’ problems, Mihail Savanovich said. They will be able to discuss global problems when they return to Minsk. Savanovich’s personal opinion about the situation is positive. If Crimeans want to live in Russia, let them do it, he noted.

“I think that people have the right to make such a decision. If they have decided to join Russia, this is right.”

Thus, we have to be content with Belarusian MFA and President Lukashenka’s vague position. The Parliament will not comment on the situation before April 2. Meanwhile, the Ukraine-Russia conflict is escalating so quickly that issues even more important than the annexation of Crimea by Russia may emerge soon.