“What is happening in Belarus is a crisis of power, an authoritarian power that cannot accept the logic of democracy and is clinging to force. It is clear that Lukashenko must leave, “Macron said in an interview a day before his Baltic tour.
Macron will pay his first visit to Lithuania and Latvia from Monday to Wednesday, two Baltic countries that hope to support the political crisis in Belarus and pressure from Russia. Lithuania is hosting Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tshanouskaia, who left her country immediately after the August 9th elections. Asked if he would meet with Tihanouskaya, the Elysee leader replied that “it is not excluded”. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro on Thursday, the Belarusian opponent said she was “expecting a lot” from Macron and hoped that he would “get involved” and help break the deadlock.
France calls for a peaceful transition in Belarus by ending repression and then initiating a dialogue that takes into account the will of the people, AFP notes, citing the Elysee Palace.
On the other hand, Emmanuel Macron said he was “impressed by the courage of the protesters” in Belarus.
Asked about Russia’s role in resolving the Belarusian crisis, the French president said we were still far from such a situation. “I happened to talk to Vladimir Putin on September 14, the day he received Lukashenko in Sochi. I told him that Russia has a role to play, and that role can be positive if it leads Lukashenko to respect the truth of the ballot box and to release political prisoners. That was two weeks ago, we are still far away “, said Emmanuel Macron.
For his part, the Lukashenko regime accuses the West of trying to sow “chaos and anarchy” in Belarus.
“We see attempts to destabilize the situation in the country,” Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said in a video to the UN General Assembly. “Interference in our internal affairs, sanctions and other restrictions imposed on Belarus will have the opposite effect and are harmful to absolutely everyone,” the Belarusian foreign minister said.
According to Reuters, more than 12,000 people have been arrested in Belarus after the opposition took to the streets to denounce election fraud.