During Wednesday’s meeting with Belarusian counterpart Uladzimir Makey in Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov blamed NATO and the EU of making ‘destructive’ statements about the crisis in Belarus.
He referred to both the sanctions imposed on Belarus by the Baltic states and criticism from EU and US politicians.
“We condemn the attempts made by several foreign states to pressure the Belarusian lawful government and to support the opposition dissatisfied with the results of the presidential election,” news agency TASS quotes Lavrov.
Russia recognised Lukashenka’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, Lavrov stressed. According to him, Moscow sees no sense in establishing contacts with representatives of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition until the Council obtains a legal status and a clear program.
In turn, Uladzimir Makey stated that Belarus had to face both internal and external challenges.
“The latter to a greater extent predetermine the former ones. Nevertheless, I would like to say that we withstood the first attack and did not allow the Ukrainian scenario, the scenario of a colour revolution to be implemented in Belarus,” state-run news agency quotes Makey.
He also expressed gratitude to Russia for its ‘balanced and extremely clear position that acts as a counterweight that restrains external forces from actively interfering with the internal affairs of Belarus’.
Sergei Lavrov also announced Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin’s visit to Belarus. He is due in Minsk on September, 3.
As reported earlier, Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin are to meet in Moscow in the next two weeks.