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Belarusian leader disturbed over inadequate reaction of West to Ukrainian developments

May 08, 2014, 16:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is disturbed over inadequate reaction of the West to the developments in Ukraine. He has called on all parties of the conflict and all countries in its resolution to work out common criteria to assess the situation in order to avoid double standards.

“What is disturbing is that our, so to speak, partners are demonstrating an absolutely inadequate reaction,” Lukashenko said at an informal meeting organized on Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin with his counterparts from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) cannot be comfortable with what is going on in Ukraine, especially with what happened in Odessa, the Belarusian leader said, drawing parallels between the Odessa tragedy and the Khatyn massacre, when the entire population of the Belarusian village was massacred by the Nazis during WWII.

Lukashenko also said he had been impressed watching military drills of Russian troops. “As long as we are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, it means that Russia’s zone of responsibility includes our state as well,” Lukashenko noted. “If anything happens, we must be ready to stand shoulder to shoulder to protect our sovereignty," Lukashenko said.

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