Leena Saarinen sai kahdesti potkut, mutta sitten hän onnistui: Härkiksestä tuli tuote, joka myytiin tiistaina maailmalle - Talous. Opprørt Solberg varsler straffetiltak mot Hviterussland. Venäjän-tuntija ei usko Vladimir Putinin puuttuvan Valko-Venäjän kaaokseen: ”Tapahtuipa mitä tahansa, Lukashenko ei jatka presidenttinä pitkään” – Tällainen maa Valko-Venäjästä voi tulla.
Ajatushautomo Atlantic Councilin kokenut Itä-Euroopan asiantuntija, ekonomisti ja Boris Jeltsinin venäläishallinnon neuvonantajiin kuulunut Anders Åslund ei usko Venäjän presidentin Vladimir Putinin puuttuvan ainakaan asein Valko-Venäjän tilanteeseen. ”Valko-Venäjä-keskustelussa on suurelta osin aliarvioitu se, että toistaiseksi mielenosoitukset ovat täysin keskittyneet vastustamaan Lukashenkoa, eivät Venäjää.
Tämä on Kremlille vahva syy pitää tilanne ennallaan ja olla puuttumatta siihen ainakaan liian kovin ottein”, hän kommentoi Twitterissä. Kokenut diplomaatti Daniel Fried on samoilla linjoilla ja katsoo, että jos Putin antaa Lukashenkon suistua vallasta, siitä on itse asiassa pelkkää hyötyä Venäjälle. Åslund pohtii asiaa laajemmin Intellinewsiin lauantaina kirjoittamassaan analyysissä. Revolution or repression? Belarus stands at a crossroads. For a man who has spent a quarter of a century building a political brand based on stability, there is no doubt that the events unfolding in Minsk will change politics in Belarus and the standing of its veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko for ever.
What is not yet clear is whether the new political era that will follow the protests will be one of dynamic change and a new government, or one of a sustained and bloody crackdown. “This is a country pretty much unified from border to border in outrage,” said Nigel Gould-Davies, a former British ambassador to Belarus now at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He compared the situation to the 1989 revolutions that brought down communist regimes across Europe. Over the years, Lukashenko has offered his people a sort of Soviet-lite system that prizes tractor production and grain harvests over innovation and political freedoms, and the key part of his political offer has always been political and economic stability.
EU:n ulkoministerit keskustelevat itäisen Välimeren tilanteesta ja Valko-Venäjästä - Ulkoministeriö. Euroopan unionin jäsenmaiden ulkoministerien ylimääräinen, epävirallinen videokokous järjestetään 14.elokuuta.
Suomesta kokoukseen osallistuu ulkoministeri Haavisto. Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. Belarus to conduct military drills on its western borders amid mass post-election protests. Minsk has said it will conduct large-scale military drills on Belarus’ borders with Poland and Lithuania.
The exercises, focused particularly on air defense, come amid mass protests following the contested presidential election. The drills, which are also set to involve artillery and missile troops, will take place in the western region of Grodno from August 17 to 20, the country’s Defence Ministry said Sunday. The action will happen near the town of Astravyets – not far from the country’s new nuclear power plant, which is being constructed in cooperation with Russia. Detachments from three air defense regiments have been sent to their areas of responsibility, the military said, adding that the units are already guarding the Belarusian national border’s airspace. Airborne troops and tank units will also partake in the drills, being held at separate locations over the same period, it added.
“We cannot just calmly observe what is happening in these territories. 2020 Belarusian presidential election. 2020 presidential election in Belarus Presidential elections were held in Belarus on Sunday, 9 August 2020.
Early voting began on 4 August and ran until 8 August. The president was elected directly to serve for five years. Incumbent Alexander Lukashenko was re-elected to a sixth term in office (with about 80% of all votes in his favour according to official results), having won every presidential election since 1994, with all but the first being labelled by international monitors as neither free nor fair. Opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya declared herself the winner of the elections and called on Lukashenko to start negotiations, meanwhile, her campaign team stated that they were ready to hold "long-term protests" against the official results. All opposition candidates have filed appeals to the Central Election Commission of Belarus (CEC) calling for the results to be invalidated. The election was marred by allegations of widespread electoral fraud. May June.
Russia May Have Just Gotten The Green Light To Intervene In Belarus. The regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin for many years hungrily has eyed Belarus, the landlocked former Soviet republic of nine million people that lies between Russia, Poland and Ukraine.
And now Putin may have a pretext to annex the country, thanks to Belarus’ embattled authoritarian president. A week after winning an election that the opposition, observers and much of the Belarusian population decried as rigged, Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s leader since shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, invited Russia to intervene to preserve his regime. But it’s unclear what Putin will do.