Lukashenka to go to Moscow before inauguration, his visit to Riga cancelled

Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin are to meet in Moscow in the next two weeks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on August, 31.

“The date is being discussed, but the two presidents agreed yesterday that this will happen in the coming weeks. Correspondingly, the meeting will definitely take place in the coming couple of weeks,” news agency TASS quotes Peskov.

Meanwhile, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics has commented on Lukashenka’s planned visit to Riga which was previously postponed due to the pandemic.

“In view of the recent events in Belarus and the fact that Latvia and other EU countries do not recognize the election results, the visit is not possible and has been removed from the agenda,” he said.

22nd day of protests. Мinsk, Belarus. 30 August 2020. Photo: ТК /

According to the Belarusian Central Election Commission (CEC), Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s inauguration is to take place within two months’ time after the presidential election.

On August 9, the presidential vote was held in Belarus; its results have not been recognised by the EU and the United States. Moscow, in turn, has acknowledged the legitimacy of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s sixth presidency.

For over three weeks, post-election protests have been underway in the country; the major demands of Belarusians are Lukashenka’s resignation; holding a free and fair election; releasing political prisoners; putting an end to police violence; state-run TV stations’ providing people with unbiased and reliable information.

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