Tsikhanouskaya: ‘If Lukashenka quietly leaves, he might get security guarantees, and even more’

Alyaksandr Lukashenka might be provided with security guarantees in case of his voluntary resignation from power, presidential hopeful Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said in an interview with the Ukrainian media outlet lb.ua.

“These issue can be discussed. Of course, if he leaves peacefully, like a normal person, there will be such a chance. One could even say ‘there is such certainty’. I must speak for all people. And the opinion of all people will be taken into account in this matter,” Tsikhanouskaya said.

According to her, Lukashenka could get ‘even more’ than security guarantees.

Putin approves $1.5 bn loan for Belarus ‘in this challenging situation’

Talking to Ukrainian journalists, Tsikhanouskaya reiterated that the commitments under the agreements concluded by the self-proclaimed president would be revised by the country’s future government, e.g. a loan of $ 1.5 bn which had been recently okayed by Vladimir Putin. The politician stressed that the Kremlin supported ‘aggressive actions <…> against peaceful Belarusians’ by doing so.

“Why do questions regarding the money allocated by Russia arise? Because this money is spent not on something extremely necessary for Belarus (hospitals or something in that style), but on dispersing protesters, arrests, riot police’s outfitting,” the opposition leader noted.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya also suggested that a sanctions list named after Maryia Kalesnikava might appear in Europe. Her associate Kalesnikava was kidnapped in the centre of Minsk on September, 7. Belarusian KGB officers tried to forcibly expel her from Belarus to Ukraine. However, to hinder their plans, Kalesnikava tore up her passport at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border. She is currently being held in Zhodzina prison.

Kalesnikava wants to bring to justice KGB officers who voiced death threats