Russian President Vladimir Putin predicts that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko will be held in Sochi on Friday. Moscow is trying to get the most from this weakened ally.
Clumsy ally, but more than ever. If the interception of a commercial flight by the Alexander Lukashenko regime caused hesitation in Moscow, Russia’s course is now clear: its firm support for Minsk has been unfairly attacked by Western capitals. As a symbol of this alliance, the President of Belarus announced a visit this weekend.
It wasn’t until noon on Monday, May 24, nearly 24 hours after the arrest of rival Rome Protassevich that Russia began to hear its first reaction.The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said “Shock” …Responses from the West.Maria Zakharova condemns hypocrisy “Guardian of Morality”, Recall that in 2013, the Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane was forced to land because several European countries banned flying over planes.
At the same time, the Kremlin provides the least services: “Must be evaluated by international aviation authorities”, His spokesperson Dmitry Peskov (Dmitry Peskov) commented.
It wasn’t even until the afternoon that people recalled the fate of the 23-year-old Russian national Sofia Sapega and his companion Mr. Protassevich being arrested at the same time. We don’t know anything about it. The Russian Foreign Minister has promised consular support. For the rest, Sergey Lavrov clearly supports Minsk, and he welcomes it. ” reasonable” with “will (…) Comply with all international rules and ensure complete transparency”.
The sanctions announced by the European Council on Monday night will not change this situation. Before adopting the first channel, the experts were very happy: “If the European Union restricts the flights of Belarusian companies, Russia will win. This will definitely lock Belarus in our orbit.”