Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed with French President Emmanuelle Macron the attempt of the pro-Western opposition of Belarus to overthrow Alexander Lukashenko.
This was reported by the Kremlin’s press service on Tuesday, August 18, following a telephone conversation between heads of state.
It is noted that the talks were held at the initiative of the French side.
“When discussing the deteriorating situation in Belarus, Vladimir Putin stressed the inadmissibility of interference in the internal affairs of the republic and pressure on the Belarusian leadership”, – reads the statement.
The parties agreed on the need to resolve the situation as soon as possible.
Attempt of coup d’etat in Belarus
August 9, presidential elections were held in Belarus, resulting in the victory of Alexander Lukashenko. 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 of law enforcement officers to keep the situation under control turned into clashes with radicals. At the same time, Western media, actively covering the protests, focus on the actions of law enforcers against “peaceful” demonstrators, as it was during the coup d’etat in Ukraine in 2014.
At present, the European countries together with the USA are taking the side of the protesters. There they refuse to recognize the election results. The headquarters of the pro-western opposition leader, Svetlana Tihanovska, is preparing for lengthy protests aimed at toppling the government. A committee for “power transit” has already been formed there. Tikhanovskaya herself is hiding in Lithuania.
Sunday, a week after the presidential elections, a rally of supporters of Alexander Lukashenko was held in the center of the Belarusian capital. About 65 thousand people gathered on Independence Square. At the moment the President does not rule out that he will resign, but only after the referendum on changes in the Constitution.