Raman Yakauleuski: Belarusians remember Drazdy when speaking about Mezhyhirya
9:40, — Politics
Ukraine is a popular topic of discussion among Belarusians.
Political observer Raman Yakauleuski spoke to charter97.org about the latest events in Ukraine.
“According to Lukashenka, he talked to Putin three times one day. He also said they would meet soon. It apparently concerns Ukraine that borders both on Russia and Belarus. We also hear semiofficial information about exercises of the law-enforcement bodies in Belarus. It's usual: the events in the neighbouring country make the Belarusian authorities worry and cause concerns,” he noted.
The observer is confident that the events in Ukraine, including ousting Yanukovych, is the beginning of another phase of the formation of Ukraine as an independent state and, in geopolitical sense, it's another defeat of Putin on the Ukrainian front.
“I'd like to draw your attention to the fact that Yulia Tymoshenko said to the Maidan protesters the Ukrainian events would affect other countries with autocratic regimes. Of course, she meant not Africa or the Near East, but the post-Soviet region. She has never said such things before. Of course, she is right. By the way, Ukraine takes over the CIS chairmanship this year. It's interesting how Kyiv will use it. As for Belarus, my observations and contacts show that the Ukrainian topic continues to be so popular among Belarusians that I can say jokingly most of them will begin to speak Ukrainian rather than Belarusian after watching Ukrainian TV every day. I heard that when ordinary people talked about Yanukovych's Mezhyhirya residence, they recalled Drazdy [Lukashenka's residence],” Raman Yakauleuski said.
We remind that the Verkhovna Rada voted on February 22 to impeach the president of Ukraine and hold the presidential election on May 25, 2014.