American media: Lukashenka found himself "between two fires"


This presidential campaign promises to be the most difficult for the current President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. On the one hand, the Belarusian leader severely spoiled relations with Moscow after the arrest of the Wagner PMC fighters and accusations against the Kremlin of trying to influence political the situation in Belarus. On the other hand, the actions of the "last dictator of Europe" in relation to the opposition turn him into an outcast in the eyes of the West. Experts from the American edition of Bloomberg write about this.


Russia is annoyed that Alexander Lukashenko has begun to lose his political grip, deciding to take forceful measures against Russian citizens and using hard-hitting rhetoric against the Kremlin. The risk for the Russian Federation is that the Belarusian president is becoming less and less predictable

- This opinion was expressed by the director of the Russian International Affairs Council Andrei Kortunov.

After the elections, Putin will try to lure Lukashenka into the orbit of his interests, trying to strengthen the integration processes. Signs of this are already visible - state television emphasizes the support of the Belarusian president among the people and the isolation of the local opposition from the real needs of the people. However, it is not easy for the media to do this - the opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is gathering more and more mass rallies against the current government.

After the 2010 presidential elections, riot police threw people unwanted by the authorities behind bars. The European Union then imposed sanctions against the official Minsk. This time, in the event of repression, the West's response may be tougher.

Any tightening in Belarus will harm relations with Western countries. But this is exactly what the Russian Federation wants - in this case, Lukashenka will have to turn his face to Moscow

- said Brian Whitmore, senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington.

Thus, the current owner of Belarus is now “between two fires”, and these elections will become a real nightmare for him anyway. The West is warning the country's authorities against tightening the screws, while Moscow will insist on strengthening the integration of the two states.
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  1. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
    Wanderer039 7 August 2020 19: 02
    +5
    Integration, if it will be, then without the rotten Sashik and his red and white fascists Litvin.
    1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 7 August 2020 19: 07
      -6
      Are the fascists already there? Everything is fast ...
      1. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
        Wanderer039 7 August 2020 19: 12
        +5
        Mister ... so the red and white Lithuanians in Belarus have always been fascists, they are the same Bandera people as the red and blacks in Ukraine, the difference between them is minimal. All the countries of the former USSR that separated from Russia built their independence on Russophobia, the result of which we are seeing today. You forgot one thing ... the return will be. The force of action is equal to the force of reaction - the law of physics. Now do not whine about how they hate you in Russia. There is a reason ...
        1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
          Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 7 August 2020 19: 16
          -5
          Fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists

          Hughie Pierce Long
          1. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
            Wanderer039 7 August 2020 19: 28
            +3
            Good gentleman, they already wrote to you that you will understand that you are fascists only when the Russian Federation begins to apply your methods to you, such as those that you applied to the Russians in Odessa and Donbass. With all my heart I wish you exploding air conditioners in Kiev and Lvov, and more, and of course, more acts of self-immolation for you, after all, you had the audacity to declare that the Russians in Odessa burned themselves. Well, in this situation, yours may also want to burn themselves in the cities of the Russian Federation ... Well, something like that ..
            1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
              Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 7 August 2020 20: 39
              0
              In Russia it is not interesting ... they will write that the fat was not divided due to drunkenness, and the case will be closed.
              1. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
                Wanderer039 7 August 2020 20: 45
                +3
                Yes, even if the bacon was not divided, it does not matter why the Bandera and Basmachis will begin to engage in (self-immolation) in the Russian Federation, even if they protest against the onset of winter in the Russian Federation. laughing
            2. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
              Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 7 August 2020 20: 56
              -5
              Well, you have confirmed everything.
              1. Sergey Tokarev Offline Sergey Tokarev
                Sergey Tokarev (Sergey Tokarev) 7 August 2020 21: 08
                -1
                The peculiarity of the mentality and intellect of the "brothers"? Well, the whole world knows that. Nobody will poke around in this shit.
              2. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
                Wanderer039 7 August 2020 21: 37
                +3
                am And you thought that for the genocide of the Russian people in your Russophobic states of the former USSR in the Russian Federation, they will give you free coupons for enhanced food ?! No (friend) my, for this only death row in Solikamsk prison was laid.
                1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
                  Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 8 August 2020 09: 30
                  -3
                  "You" is who, "anti-fascist" are you ours?
    2. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 8 August 2020 09: 32
      -2
      Why do Belarusians need integration at all? What is the meaning for them? Can you explain? Only without hysteria and propaganda clichés?
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 7 August 2020 23: 46
    -1
    Wah. Putin and Batko have already agreed, I suppose, and the media are happily rubbing their hands: they created hysteria and quarreled everyone.
  3. Cheburashk Offline Cheburashk
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 8 August 2020 02: 29
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    Signs of this are already visible - the state television emphasizes the support of the Belarusian president among the people and the isolation of the local opposition from the real needs of the people.

    I would like to clarify what Russian state TV channels emphasize the support of the Belarusian president among the people ????????
    And about the isolation of the local opposition from the real needs of the people, well, they put one who at least something about his program, made the other leg through Russia to Kiev. And the opposition has what it has. And about! - a miracle, a lot of people for some reason go to opposition rallies!
    All this is the result of the fact that no one in Belarus worked with society, and the stake was placed only on Lukashenka.

    The West is warning the country's authorities against tightening the screws, while Moscow will insist on strengthening the integration of the two states.

    Yes, he does not care about the West for 26 years of uninterrupted domination, but a lot depends on Russia, especially the recognition of elections !!!!!!!!!!
  4. lazutkinan Offline lazutkinan
    lazutkinan (Alexander Lazutkin) 8 August 2020 21: 00
    0
    You are looking superficially. Look through the interests of the elites and their capital, then the answers will be obvious. Russia in relation to Belarus will immediately turn out to be no better than US / EU. Politics often have economic reasons.