Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned this Sunday that the Belarusian opposition is “following the Venezuelan or Ukrainian script” in an attempt to overthrow President Alexander Lukashenko.
“The opponents propose to negotiate with the current authorities only the conditions for the departure of the President of Belarus (…). It is similar to Venezuela when a legitimate president is declared an outcast,” Lavrov said during a youth forum in the city of Solnechnogorsk, near Moscow.
Lavrov has also warned that there are “external forces” trying to provoke a “bloodbath”. “There are people who want the situation in Belarus to lead to violence, to provoke bloodshed and to repeat the Ukrainian scenario,” he added to the Russian news agency Sputnik.
After the official examination of the presidential elections on August 9, Lukashenko received 80.1 percent of the vote, followed by Svetlana Tijanovskaya with 10.12 percent of the support. The other three candidates collectively collected just over 4 percent.