Alexander Lukashenko found himself between a rock and a hard place: the European Union and the protesters on the one hand and Russia on the other. Despite the support of the Belarusian leader, Vladimir Putin would like to see in his place “someone more civilized,” said Aleksey Venediktov, editor-in-chief of the Echo Moskvy radio station.
Lukashenko found himself caught between Russia, the European Union and the protest movement, Venediktov comments. Moscow and Brussels urge the Belarusian leader to come to an agreement with the opposition.
Lukashenka needs to fight back, so he wanted to show that he can conduct a dialogue with the protest, and went to the Minsk KGB detention center, the journalist noted. But the main purpose of the visit is to split the opposition, Venediktov said.
In turn, the Kremlin would like to see a more predictable, comfortable and civilized leader in Lukashenka's place. The journalist said this on the air of the program "Let's Observe" on "Echo of Moscow".
According to Venediktov, the Belarusian leader at the meeting with the prisoners was in a good mood, was friendly and joked a lot. But he did not achieve his goal, stated the chief editor of the radio station.
Lukashenka compensated for the unsuccessful visit to the imprisoned oppositionists with a brutal dispersal of protest actions. More than 600 people were detained in Minsk last Sunday, the authorities are threatening to use military weapons.
"We will probably see some more of his movements for some time and I repeat, on the one hand, attempts to come to an agreement with some of the leaders of the protest," Venediktov said.
Alexander Lukashenko arrived at the Minsk KGB detention center on October 10. He talked with political prisoners for over four hours. The meeting was attended by members of the Opposition Coordination Council and former presidential candidate Viktor Babariko.
The political crisis in Belarus has been going on for over two months. On Sundays, the opposition holds large-scale protests. The European Union has imposed sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko's entourage.