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Russian Spymaster Accuses US Of Fomenting Belarus Protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko speaks throughout a gathering with the nation’s political activists in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.(Maxim Guchek/BelTA Pool Photo through AP)

Russia’s intelligence chief on Wednesday accused the United States of fomenting huge demonstrations in opposition to Belarus’ authoritarian president which have entered their sixth week.

  • Associated Press
  • Last Updated: September 16, 2020, 8:33 PM IST


MOSCOW: Belarus’ authoritarian chief accused the United States and its allies of fomenting huge demonstrations in opposition to his rule, a declare echoed Wednesday by Russia’s intelligence chief.

In a protracted speech to prime officers, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ranted in opposition to the alleged U.S.-led plan to destabilize the nation and claimed that American allies in Europe have participated within the effort that took years to arrange.

Protesters in Belarus have flooded streets for a sixth week, denouncing Lukashenko’s landslide reelection within the Aug. 9 vote as rigged and demanding an finish to his 26-year iron-fist rule.

The U.S. and the European Union have criticized the election as neither free nor truthful, and urged Lukashenko to start out talks with the opposition a name he has rejected.

We had the vote and acquired the outcome, interval, Lukashenko stated in Wednesday’s speech earlier than prime officers. It’s time to cease stirring up society.

Sergei Naryshkin, director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, claimed in a press release carried by Russian information companies Wednesday that the U.S. has funded the Belarusian opposition and inspired the protests.

Naryshkin added that his company has data that the U.S. is taking part in a key position within the present developments in Belarus. He alleged that the U.S. has earmarked tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to finance Belarus’ opposition teams, however supplied no proof.

The U.S. Embassy in Minsk had no speedy remark.

In Wednesday’s speech, Lukashenko charged that the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine have helped gas protests. All these international locations have denied comparable claims by Lukashenko previously.

The Belarusian 2020 situation is a mixture of the simplest colour destabilization applied sciences which have been examined in varied international locations,” he stated. They clearly depend on the size and period of protests to put on us down and exhaust our sources. We aren’t enjoyable and stand prepared to answer any problem.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, whose nation holds the European Unions rotating presidency, famous that and his colleagues from different EU international locations will meet Monday to think about learn how to proceed with sanctions.

I’ll say brazenly that if the violence in opposition to the peaceable opposition doesnt cease, then these measures should be prolonged to considerably extra folks, after which we should speak about Mr. Lukashenko, Maas instructed the German parliament on Wednesday.

Western stress has pushed Lukashenko to additional cement ties with Russia, his primary sponsor and ally. The neighboring international locations have a union settlement and preserve robust political, financial and navy ties.

Russian President Vladimir Putin introduced a brand new $1.5 billion mortgage to Belarus when he hosted Lukashenko on Monday a monetary lifeline condemned by the Belarusian opposition, which warned Moscow that it might tarnish future ties between the international locations.

In a bid to rally Moscow’s help, Lukashenko has engaged in comparable rhetoric, accusing the West of fueling the protests in a bid to isolate Russia. Earlier this week, Russian paratroopers deployed to Belarus for the drills that can run by means of Sept. 25 close to Brest, on the border with Poland.

At a gathering with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu who visited Belarus Wednesday for talks on deepening navy cooperation, Lukashenko prompt planning extra maneuvers sooner or later.

We want to consider a second stage of the drills and extra workout routines, to work out a plan regardless of what they are saying, he stated. We aren’t going to impress or defy anybody, however we should shield our pursuits.

The German international minister famous that Russia carries a really particular accountability given its shut ties with Belarus and warned that “with its unconditional help for Lukashenko to date and hybrid exertion of affect, Moscow will definitely lose the sympathy of individuals in Belarus.

Maas additionally sought to allay the Kremlin fears of Belarus falling into the Western orbit.

For us contained in the European Union as effectively, this isn’t about detaching Belarus from Russia and incorporating it within the European Union,” he stated. This is solely about us standing up for folks in Belarus having the ability to resolve themselves what street they absorb a free and truthful election.


Yuras Karmanau reported from Kyiv, Ukraine. Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.


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