Russia views Belarus: Putin is afraid of the uprising

Hardly were declared the first, "preliminary" results of the presidential elections in the neighboring country of Belarus congratulated Russian President Vlad

Russia views Belarus: Putin is afraid of the uprising

Hardly were declared the first, "preliminary" results of the presidential elections in the neighboring country of Belarus congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin, by its continuous counterpart, Aleksandr Lukashenka. In the message to the speech to develop the it was of a mutually beneficial relations of cooperation, is it to deepen, which "corresponds to, without a doubt, the vested interests of the brother peoples of Russia and Belarus". For the Kremlin, the forgery does not detract from the allegations of the presidential election, which Lukashenka, as on past occasions, with more than eighty percent of the vote, won want to have, the alleged victory is Legitimate should be, therefore, who has the Power.

Friedrich Schmidt

Political correspondent for Russia and the CIS in Moscow.

F. A. Z.

The links, any taunts over: Shortly before the election, Lukashenka had 33 Russian mercenaries, who were staying in Belarus, presumably, because you wanted to travel from there to a third country. The served the Regime and Lukashenka himself, a lot about the roll-over plans, to rhyming about the preparation of terrorist acts and mass riots. So Lukaschenkas investigators immediately brought the since the end of may, the imprisoned husband of the main opposition candidate in connection; the President also threw Svetlana Tichanowskaja self vague and evidence-free, to serve the Kremlin, the middle interests.

On election day, Lukashenka announced that he had agreed in a telephone conversation with Putin to clarify the thing with the fighters. A for Moscow, Minsk face-saving solution seems to be already at hand: "Perhaps a third of the country has provoked," said Lukashenka. It doesn't look like it, as he would the Ukrainian extradition request against 29 of the Russians instead of given to fighting after Kiev presentation for the Moscow "people's republics" in the East of Ukraine.

"We both sit in a boat"

In his appearance – it was after the own-voting – said Lukashenka also, Putin told him that the two of you "were sitting in a boat". "When we rock, together we drown." One has to argue differences that constantly over supplies of raw materials and money. The annexation of the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea by Moscow 2014 and the Intervention in Eastern Ukraine was Lukashenka also not good and the Stokes when needed, fear of Russia in the own population. But agree he is in the Kremlin that the power to keep the commander-in sovereignty over elections.

So of course, despite the coup stories with the mercenaries, again in Russian election observers in the country, with a traditional autocrat-friendly Mission of the Commonwealth of independent States (CIS) and, in contrast to observers from the organization for security and cooperation in Europe, which had not been invited this Time.

Updated Date: 10 August 2020, 22:19

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