Lukashenko is most afraid of Russia’s uncertain position towards the West, political scientist, doctor of political sciences, full member of Russian academy of sciences, professor of Moscow State University Sergey Chernyakhovsky stated to a Rossa Primavera News Agency’s correspondent on October 12.
“Russia would have more allies if it stood in the way the USA and stood to the death without going down this path. And for many people it is not clear in what situation Russia is in: are we fighting aggression of USA and West in general or are we bargaining with them?” Chernyakhovsky noted.
The Belarusians also ponder, Doctor of Political Science says, “The Belarusians are looking at us and do not understand it either, ‘Now we are going to break off all relations with the West, join a bloc association with Russia. And Russia will suddenly make peace with the USA. And then what? We will not be taken back for nothing. And the USA will demand that Russia turn us in.’ That’s what Lukashenko fears the most – Russia’s uncertain position towards the West. That’s what other leaders of post-Soviet states are afraid of.”
On August 9, the presidential election was held in Belarus, which Alexander Lukashenko won. However, opposition candidates refused to recognize the election results and called their supporters to take to the streets and demand re-election.
Opposition protests in Belarus have been held for the third month. Under these circumstances, Lukashenko was forced to hold a “closed” inauguration, which became known a few hours later.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency