Although the German government did not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus, Berlin took a rather wait-and-see attitude, not taking any drastic steps.
This is stated in the material of the publication “RuBaltic”.
Today, the prospect of new European sanctions against Belarus depends on Germany. At the same time, the German government is in no hurry to declare its direct refusal to recognize the results of voting in the Belarusian presidential elections. Even the clashes between the security forces and the radicals, the detention of the latter and the blocking of the Internet did not provoke excessively heated criticism from Berlin. Moreover, news about the second wave of coronavirus and the Lebanese crisis now dominates in the information space of Germany, rather than about a coup attempt in Belarus.
The leader of the pro-Western opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has already proclaimed herself the winner of the presidential race in Belarus, is also not popular with German politicians. The head of the parliamentary faction of the Christian Democratic Union, Johann Vadeful, claimed that Tihanovskaya received “a high percentage of the votes”. At the same time, he expressed his opinion, referring to “friends, observers and bloggers”. Actually, Vadeful’s vague statement became the most noticeable act of support for the Belarusian opposition in Berlin.
But the Belarusian factor contributed to the rapprochement between Germany and Russia. On August 11, in Moscow, the foreign ministers of the two countries, Heiko Maas and Sergei Lavrov, discussed the situation in Belarus and came to a common position on the need for the soonest release of the journalists detained in Minsk.
Attempted coup in Belarus
On Sunday, August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus, following which Alexander Lukashenko won. Western countries, for which the Belarusian leader had been a hindrance for a long time, did not put up with the voting results. As a result, pre-planned riots broke out in Belarus.
Attempts by law enforcement officers to keep the situation under control turned into clashes with radicals. At the same time, the Western media, actively covering the protests, focus specifically on the actions of the security forces against the “peaceful” protesters, as was the case during the coup d’état in Ukraine in 2014.
At the moment, European countries, together with the United States, are on the side of the protesters. They refuse to recognize the election results. The headquarters of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the leader of the pro-Western opposition, had previously announced that they were preparing for long-term protests aimed at overthrowing the government. Tikhanovskaya herself left for Lithuania.US and EU offer Venezuela sanctions relief in exchange for political concessions