In an interview with Russian media outlet RBC, Belarusian opposition politician Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya called Vladimir Putin ‘a wise leader’ twice. She also made mention of ‘Moscow’s wisdom’.
As a wise leader, Putin sees that the Belarusian people are not taking Lukashenka for the head of state, Tsikhanouskaya stressed.
The ex-presidential candidate believes that the Russian president perceives Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s opinion about Lithuania and Poland or the Belarusian opposition as ‘one person’s fancy ideas’, because ‘Vladimir Putin is a wise leader’.
When asked whether some of her statements might make Moscow unconditionally support Lukashenka, she noted that ‘a wise Moscow does not think so’. At the same time, she admitted using diplomatic techniques when speaking about the neighbouring country’s wisdom.
“I could say something different, but I have already mastered some fundamentals of diplomacy. I had to do it, that is why I am saying what I am saying,” she told RBC.
In mid September, on the day of the two leaders’ talks in Sochi, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya expressed regret that Putin decided to ‘conduct a dialogue with the usurper, not with the Belarusian nation’.