Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko on Friday expressed his unease with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the external “attempts” to change the internal situation of the country since the elections in August 2020 in the city of Sochi in the Russian Caucasus.
“I will show you some documents because we have a relationship of trust. You will understand what is happening. Since August 2020, attempts have been made to change the situation,” complained Lukashenko, who has criticized the “real faces” of those who do so have fined the Belarusian airline Belavia after the crisis of the emergency landing of the Ryanair plane through Minsk.
“The Belavia planes weren’t involved. What has Belavia to do with it? They did everything they could to punish them. Why did they have to punish the Belavia workers? Belavia brought thousands home during the pandemic,” said Lukashenko.
The Belarusian President recalled how the Belavian airline helped Russian aviation last year evacuate many citizens of other countries during the coronavirus restrictions, since Minsk Airport continued to operate but did not mention “them” Country, they had everything closed.
“You asked Belavia and our company brought thousands upon thousands of people home: Swedes, Germans, Poles, Lithuanians, Americans. Thousands were brought to Minsk because it was the only airport that was still open. You can’t imagine how grateful they were for us with Belavia for the people we had saved, “said Lukashenko to Putin.
The Russian President, who shortly before had invited Lukashenko for a swim in the Black Sea, used this story to recall how a few years ago a plane was forced into which the former President of Bolivia was traveling to land. Evo Morales “and nobody complained.”
“It is understandable what these Western ‘friends’ want from us. There is nothing to discuss … But there are no challenges that the Bolsheviks cannot overcome. We will overcome them too,” said Lukashenko, according to the news agency. Belarusian Delta.
On May 23, a plane operated by the Irish company Ryanair, traveling from Athens to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was forced to land in Minsk, where exiled opposition journalist Raman Protasevich and his Russian friend Sofia Sapega were arrested by Belarus authorities.
As a result, the European Union agreed this week to close the airspace on Belarus, a measure that other countries such as Slovakia, Poland, the United Kingdom, Latvia and, more recently, Estonia have already approved, and in preparation for further sanctions for economic suffocation the Alexander government. Lukashenko.
The crisis in the former Soviet republic goes back to last August. The elections in which Lukashenko received a sixth term and which were criticized by the EU. Since then, the European bloc has passed three rounds of sanctions and has blacklisted 88 officials and seven units of the Belarusian leadership.