Updated at 15:34,14-12-2017

Ukrainian envoy leaves Minsk

Belsat

Considering Aliaksandr Lukashenkas recent statement, Ukraines Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called Mikhail Yezhel for consultations.

Ukraine also sent a diplomatic note to the Belarusian side. It reads that the Belarusian leaders statements do not conform with the international law and the stance of most countries which condemned Russias acts while annexing Crimea, Yevhen Perebyinis, spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, said at todays briefing.

Ukraine should remain one and undivided, but Crimea is de facto part of Russia, Aliaksandr Lukashenka told reporters in Minsk on Sunday after casting his ballot in elections for the Minsk City Soviet (council).

Unlike Ossetia, Abkhazia and so on, Crimea is not an independent state. Today Crimea is part of the Russian Federation. Now you cay recognize this fact or not, but this will change nothing, Mr Lukashenka said.