Stanislau Shushkevich: Merkel won't change her principled approach to Belarus
11:38, — Politics
The first head of independent Belarus comments on the results of the Bundestag election.
According to preliminary official results of the Bundestag election held in Germany on September 25, Sunday, the bloc of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) won the majority of votes. Chancellor Angela Merkel's party took 41.5% of the vote. This is the best result for the CDU/CSU for the last 20 years. It means that chancellor Angela Merkel will again rule the country.
What can Belarus expect from the election outcome?
Stanislau Shushkevich, the chairman of the Supreme Council of Belarus of the 12th convocation, told Radio Svaboda that “Germany has a rather good stance on the situation in Belarus and doesn't depart from it, unlike some European officials who don't remain consistent.”
He says with regret that he wasn't able to be in Warsaw, when Merkel met with representatives of the Belarusian democratic community. “I was told about the meeting in details. I see clearly that Ms Chancellor is well aware of the situation in Belarus,” the ex-speaker said.
Now, when she won the election again, Merkel will not depart from her previous position, Shushkevich thinks. The position is principled: “The main thing is that she has a sober view on what is going on here. She won't change her approach. I think it is very important for Belarus.”