Monday, February 26

Russian Prime Minister Mishushin to Minsk on Thursday

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishushin will visit the Belarusian capital Minsk on Thursday. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said this shortly before receiving his Belarusian colleague.

 

Russia is increasingly openly and intensively supporting the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko.

According to Lavrov, the European Union and NATO are unjustly interfering in Belarusian affairs and making “destructive statements” on the matter.

Lukashenko says he won the presidential elections again last month with an overwhelming majority.

He has entered his sixth term in office. But he has come under fire for massive protests and strikes against his reelection and international pressure. He has asked the Kremlin for support and is receiving it. On Friday, the Belarusian Defense Minister (Viktor Chrenin) will visit Moscow.

Lukashenko puts down the protests and tries to silence the opposition and the press, including by strengthening the grip on the internet. Lukashenko thanked Russian state broadcaster RT on Wednesday for sending replacements for his own state broadcaster.

Many strikers have been fired there. On Wednesday, a raid was carried out in the Minsk office of software company PandaDoc. According to the chief there, it is a politically motivated action by the authorities.

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