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Lukashenko’s hour of glory has come – Europe should reach out to Belarus

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Putin’s aggression is Lukashenko’s big chance

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs is visiting Minsk for talks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko today.

In view of Russia’s expansive policy Europe should reach out to Lukashenko, writes the national-conservative daily Latvijas avīze (Latvia):

“The West has made no secret of its desire to remove the insufferable Belarusian leader Lukashenko from the European stage. But in recent times much has changed and a person has emerged who has brought even more disorder into the world than Lukashenko did. And that person is Putin.

In this context the Belarusian president, who harbours no aggressive political ambitions, seems like a man with whom you can talk sensibly.

Lukashenko’s hour of glory has come and we must seize this opportunity. First he must release all political prisoners and change his regime, and then perhaps the EU will be willing to ease its isolation of Belarus and its political leader.”

 

Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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