Andrei Sannikov: Lukashenka is just a son of a bitch
12:15, — Politics
Lukashenka’s actions destroy the economy of Belarus and threaten the whole region.
The leader of the European Belarus civic campaign, a presidential candidate in 2010 and a former political prisoner Andrei Sannikov shared the opinion in an interview to charter97.org.
“There is nothing unusual in the arrest of Uralkali’s director general. There are hundreds if not thousands businessmen in Belarusian prisons, including from Russia, who are taken hostages, deprived of businesses, and are extorted a ransom for. It is just that they are not famous like Baumgartner. In this case Lukashenka decided to raise the stakes and demand already not millions like from simple businessmen, but billions”, - the leader of the European Belarus civic campaign claimed.
In Sannikov’s opinion, the Kremlin itself prepared grounds for such scandals.
“Russian politicians, analysts constantly state that Lukashenka is “their son of a bitch”. I hope, now they will see that he is just a son of a bitch, and that if you deal with such a dictator, it becomes costly even for Russia.
Russian leadership’s reaction has already followed, and as usually these bans on Belarusian export products have nothing to do with Russia’s economic or sanitary interests. The dictator’s actions and Russia’s reaction, provoked by him, keep damaging Belarusian economy”, - the politician noted.
Andrei Sannikov paralleled the recent events with what happened in Belarus after the 2010 presidential elections:
“We also hoped that there will be people among the authorities, who would understand what a difficult situation Belarus was in and would look for solutions in negotiating with opposition, discuss a possible way out of the crisis.
Instead of that we, presidential candidates and the members of our teams, were taken hostages and put in the very KGB jail that Baumgartner is now in. We became an object for bargaining with the West, and, unfortunately, Lukashenka gradually started receiving dividends from that bargain, since the West made concessions on principled issues. I would like to remind you that a 2010 presidential candidate Mikalaj Statkievich is still in prison”.
Lukashenka will now use the same technique for bargaining with Russia, Sannikov is convinced.
“Baumgartner will be massively processed by any possible methods with the hope that after a short conflict Russia will start pumping billions into the dictatorship again. Lukashenka regime’s criminal nature is obvious today, his actions are not only dangerous for the economy of Belarus, but also for the relations with all our neighbors, with Europe and with Russia.
The situation in Belarus has become so absurd that, I hope, even the current Russian leadership and the European Union’s leadership finally starts looking for ways out of this dead-end, guided by common sense”, - the politician hopes.
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