The West cannot tolerate President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko, but the consequences of Belarus’ reunification with Russia are much worse for the Western leaders, German political analyst Alexander Rahr wrote on May 28 on his Telegram channel.
This is how Rahr commented on the reaction of the EU authorities to the incident with the Ryanair flight.
The political analyst noted that the European Union authorities are afraid of the emergence of a new authoritarian leader in Eastern Europe, “the new Milošević,” who will follow in the footsteps of “stubborn” Lukashenko’s.
“The reunification of Belarus with Russia is even more undesirable for the European Union than Lukashenko’s blatant hooliganism toward the West. This would be a nightmare for the USA and the EU. It would open a new perspective for Donbass as well. That’s why the West will ‘forgive’ Lukashenko if he turns his back on Russia again,” thinks Rahr.
In his opinion, Russian President Vladimir Putin understands this situation developed on the eve of the meeting with Lukashenko in Sochi well.
“Russia wouldn’t mind saving Lukashenko somehow, but it is expecting that he will persuade the unambiguous politics in the future. Will Lukashenko recognize Crimea as part of Russia and the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as a first step? Lukashenko understands, however, that with this decision he will irrevocably close his way back to the EU,” said Rahr.
On May 23, the Ryanair flight from Athens to Vilnius made an emergency landing at the Minsk airport due to the message of the bomb threat onboard. After landing and checking documents of the passengers, the Belarusian security services detained Roman Protasevich, founder of Telegram-channel NEXTA. The channel is recognized as extremist in Belarus, and Protasevich was put on the wanted list.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency