Finnish expert explained why Russia should never invade Belarus

The director of the Alexander Institute, Markku Kangaspuro, said that Russia should never invade neighboring Belarus. He is quoted by the Finnish national broadcaster Yle.

Belarus is at a turning point. The second week of demonstrations against the authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko has begun. At the same time, the West is watching with tension the actions of Russia. Online earlier появились photos and videos of unidentified military trucks moving through the territory of Russia towards the Belarusian border.

Yes, it seems to be true. Another question is what is inside these cars and will they then cross the Belarusian border

- noted Kangaspuro.

According to Kangaspuro, Moscow can use the redeployment of its military as an element of pressure on Minsk. Due to its location, Belarus is an integral part of Russia's security strategy. At the same time, armed intervention can lead to great destruction and turn the inhabitants of this country against Moscow, the expert explained.

In turn, the Finnish Ambassador to Belarus Christer Mikelsson explained that the Belarusians consider Russia an older brother. He stressed that in Minsk they are protesting not against Russia, but against the falsification of the presidential elections in Belarus. Both states are closely interconnected, they have a common military (CSTO) bloc and economic (EAEU) an alliance, and there are close family ties between residents.

Putin and Russia are likely to lose more from an invasion than they gain. As already mentioned, Belarusians do not protest against Russia

- confirmed the words of Ambassador Kangaspuro.

The expert noted that the protests in Belarus are very different from the protests in Ukraine in 2014, which led to the “armed intervention” of Russia. No EU flags are waving in the streets, and opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya does not seek to completely withdraw Belarus from Russia's influence.

They (the protesters - ed.) Are simply demanding that fair elections be held, since Lukashenka did not.

- summed up Kangaspuro.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 18 August 2020 14: 02
    Is there a better photo of Markku Kangaspuro?
    And then in the article he somehow does not look like an "expert" .... especially the Finnish one.
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 18 August 2020 14: 21
    And there is no need to invade. It is enough for Putin or the Foreign Ministry to directly address the Belarusian people. Do not be shy to defend your interests. Or is Ukraine not enough for us, an example of Venezuela? The United States and the EU are giving insolent ultimatums. After all, it is clear that all these "Maidans" are directed against Russia!
  3. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 18 August 2020 14: 46
    The expert noted that the protests in Belarus are very different from the protests in Ukraine in 2014, which led to the “armed intervention” of Russia. No EU flags are waving in the streets, and opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya does not seek to completely withdraw Belarus from Russia's influence.

    Of course of course yes This is December last year.

    And these are our days

    Doesn't look like Ukraine? Tihanovskaya does not seek? belay

    3. Take all possible measures to attract foreign investors, including transnational corporations (TNK).

    Today the potential of TNCs in Belarus is sharply limited. For its full use, the following measures are required:
    large-scale privatization,
    development of a full-fledged land market,
    ensuring the independence of the judiciary,
    creation of legal guarantees of property rights,
    de-bureaucratization and demonopolization of the economy,
    liberalization of current and capital accounts,
    the adoption of basic market norms and EU standards for goods and services,

    Well, the cherry on the cake ...

    creation of a free trade zone with Russia, Ukraine and the European Union,

    Privatization, sale of land, everything is clear with that.
    The transition to EU standards, how it is implemented can be seen on the measurement of Ukraine. How much money and time is needed for the restructuring of all industry and agriculture, no one is interested?
    The creation of a trade zone simultaneously with Russia, Ukraine and the EU is just a kapets. I have no other words, or rather there are, but they are not censored. By the way, I wonder what about all the CIS and EurAsEC? How many pans were not told that this is simply not physically possible, the conditions in the two organizations are different. Participation in one automatically entails exclusion from the other. They did not believe, they blinked their eyes and said - tu, mustache bude garno. Now this "leader of the nation" slaps eyes and carries the same heresy. sad If only she dyed her hair blonde or something ...
    The insolence of the Europeans amazes, they again make innocent eyes and say - let us supply you with goods to your market without restrictions ... Compared to this item, "Belarusian Sea", excuse the tautology, is just a drop in the ocean.
  4. g1washntwn Offline g1washntwn
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 18 August 2020 14: 50
    It is only in the Western brain that pictures of tank columns and bears with balalaikas marching along European streets immediately appear. So I imagine a character with the face of Schwarzenegger who shakes potatoes out of a sack in response to the words of the Belarusian opposition “What is your evidence?” ... It is less necessary to play Red Alert at night, gentlemen propagandists!
  5. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
    Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 18 August 2020 16: 41
    Finland participates in the occupation of Kosovo. You cannot kill a Serb without the permission of a Finnish police officer. If the Kosovars catch a Serb, they call in a Finn - here's a Serb. The policeman will look at the documents, conduct an interrogation - for sure, a Serb. There will be no blood feud. Hammer. Only wrap it in the Albanian flag so that Milosevic's atrocities will pass away.
  6. Siberian southerner (Sergey A) 18 August 2020 17: 11
    ABOUT! Again an expert. How much are experts paid here? And then I am somewhat tired at work.
  7. Wooh Offline Wooh
    Wooh (Barmaley) 18 August 2020 17: 38
    Finnish expert explained why Russia should never invade Belarus

    Well, what other experts have explained to Russia where, how and what else it shouldn't do?