Statement by the President of Russia D.Myadvedeva the fact that the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko promised to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, said in an interview with our radio BTRC Chairman Alexander Zimouski.
Radio Liberty: How would you comment on the statement by the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko promised to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Do you think whether President Lukashenko gave this promise?
Zimouski: I believe that Mr. Medvedev knows better about it, because it refers to some event in the framework of the CSTO, which I was not present. According to Medvedev this fact took place.
Radio Liberty: In your opinion, why is the statement by President Medvedev appeared now? Earlier, Russian officials said that it would be desirable, but we do not insist, but never accused the president of Belarus is not what he says is not what he does.
Zimouski: You know, in politics promises given reasons, and performed on the circumstances. This applies to all politicians, I think that our president is no exception. Therefore, when the Russian president said that someone had promised him to consider the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, maybe he is referring to the fact, but the timing of it does not say anything.
If I read his statement, it was said that it will be done tomorrow or the day after, or in the foreseeable future. I do not want to accuse Medvedev that he tore some suggestion of context, but I have not heard as part of what is being said. And I did not hear the second half of the phrase: "It is clear, for example, we recognize these self-proclaimed republic, but …" — And further in the text. For example, after it will make … well, you know.
Radio Liberty: How much you may not like the officer, and as an analyst, it now seems likely this recognition, especially given the appearance on the television screens of the Belarusian President Mikheil Saakashvili?
Zimouski: I honestly do not understand why the appearance of Saakashvili in the Belarusian television is someone tragic note in his voice and a deadly insult. This is normal, when the president appears on the TV screen of the company that was working in his country. Our television has repeatedly requested an interview with the heads of Russia. It was, and when Putin became prime minister, I'll sign these letters requesting an interview to Belarusian television. But we did not get an answer. I do not see any collisions — neither legal nor emotional or moral plan. President Saakashvili is the same as everyone else.
Radio Liberty: Yet what the answer to the question, it seems likely that Belarus is now recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia? Or, as they say, it is a decision that is taken once or never?
Zimouski: No, I think that the issue of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is difficult due to a number of other issues. Everything will depend on whether the change Russia's position on Kosovo. If Russia does not want to recognize Kosovo's independence, it has no right to demand that someone or insinuate that it is necessary to recognize something.
Radio Liberty: And, going back to the beginning of our conversation, the question of why all of a sudden President Medvedev expressed that view, why spoke about the "kitchen" of the negotiations. Do not you think that it is — an element of the information war, which, according to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, right?
Zimouski: So it's Putin said. that information warfare is not, and Medvedev on that score did not say anything. I think that it is not bound by such obligations, or it is not such a witty man like Vladimir Vladimirovich.