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Russia exerted no pressure on Minsk in the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia recognition2009-03-19 16:57
Russia exerted no pressure on Belarus in regard to the issue of recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, stated Nina Mazai, the chairperson of the Committee for International Affairs and National Security of the Council of the Republic (upper chamber of the Parliament) - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"We conducted no negotiations with Russia on the issue whether it would like Belarus to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia or not. No-one presented no ultimatums to anyone, there is no pressure for Russia, and we didn't speak in such categories as forced demands".
On April 2nd the House of Representatives of Belarus (the lower chamber of the Parliament) plans to consider the issue of recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The MP said the agenda of the lower chamber will be worked out in nearest days.
"If the House of Representatives includes the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the agenda, when the discussions are over and decisions are made, materials come to us, to the Council of the Republic", Mazai said.
She refused to make predictions on the possible decision of the House of Representatives on this issue. Previously Karel Schwarzenberg, the Foreign minister of the Czech Republic [the chair country of the EU] stated that recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by Belarus will put the latter out of European context and will impede Belarus' possible participation in the Eastern Partnership program, which implies political and economic approximation of the six ex-Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine) with the EU.