News ID: 273653
Published: 1256 GMT September 02, 2020

EU, NATO make destructive statements on Belarus, says Lavrov

EU, NATO make destructive statements on Belarus, says Lavrov
AFP
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) meets with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei in Moscow, Russia, on September 2, 2020.

The European Union and NATO make destructive statements on Belarus, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

During a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei in Moscow, Lavrov said that Moscow recognizes the August 9 presidential election in Belarus and hopes that dialogue will help stabilize the situation in the country, Sputnik reported.

Lavrov said Russia has confirmed information that the activities aimed at destabilizing Belarus were coordinated from Ukraine. He went on to say that Moscow will prevent any attempts to organize provocations in Belarus from abroad.

The Belarusian foreign minister said that the presidential election in his country has been used by foreign and domestic forces to undermine the political situation in the country.

The Belarusian authorities have managed to prevent a situation that bears similarities to the 2014 Ukrainian political crisis, Makei said.

"We withstood the first strikes and did not allow the Ukrainian scenario to be implemented in Belarus. A color revolution scenario, organized from outside," the foreign minister commented.

Belarus is against any revolutions, especially those coordinated from abroad, Makai added.

"In fact, any revolution, in my opinion, leads to bloodshed. We are categorically against any revolutionary upheavals, especially those organized from the outside, in the streets of our cities. We believe that only a calm revolutionary movement will lead to the restoration of peace, tranquility and stability in the country, state and society," he said.

The Belarusian foreign minister said that Minsk has prepared and approved response sanctions against Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. He added that Minsk will react properly to any further sanctions against Belarus.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that Minsk and Moscow will not address foreign interference in Belarusian affairs at international platforms.

"We are not initiating any discussions on multilateral platforms," the minister confirmed.

According to Lavrov, other states have tried to make the situation in Belarus into an international affair and thus justify forcing mediation upon Belarus, which experienced several weeks of protests after the presidential election.

The Republic of Belarus saw mass anti-government protests following the presidential election on August 9, which brought a landslide victory to incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko with more than 80% of the votes in his favor. His key opposition rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, won a bit more than 10%, according to the country's election committee. Opposition supporters took to the streets to protest against the election results, claiming that the vote had been rigged.

Lukashenko denied the allegations, adding that new presidential election would be possible only after a new Constitution is adopted. He invited the people of Belarus to work on the legislation together and have their say about the Constitution in a referendum. Lukashenko's supporters also organized several rallies in Minsk and other cities across the country to voice their approval of the president's policy.  

He also stressed that the protests have had a negative effect on the country's economy which mostly relies on exports and has already been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Lukashenko repeatedly said that the unstable political situation in Belarus has been deliberately created from abroad as well as from within the country and urged people to focus on their work as otherwise "nobody is going to come to us and buy what we want to sell".   

 

 

   
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