Kremlin regrets Lukashenko's "dishonesty, inconsistency"

The Kremlin regrets Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's inconsistent policy towards recognizing South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

"Alexander Lukashenko's dishonesty and lack of consistency towards this issue, as well as towards many others, has, unfortunately, long ago become a norm," a Kremlin source said.

The Belarusian president promised to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on August 3. Lukashenko made his promise in the presence of several CIS leaders, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

However, Belarus has not yet recognized the two former Georgian republics.

Belarus has not recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia because Russia refused to help it cope with the consequences of such a step, Lukashenko said on August 13.

Russia recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which both split from Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, two weeks after the end of a five-day war with Georgia in August 2008.

The move was heavily criticized by Western powers. So far, only Venezuela, Nicaragua and the tiny island nation of Nauru have followed suit.

MOSCOW, August 14 (RIA Novosti)


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