European Council assures Putin that Europe does not want a "new Maidan" in Belarus

European Council assures Putin that Europe does not want a “new Maidan” in Belarus

Charles Michel stressed that the bloc’s goal in Belarus is to stop the violence and prevent chaos

The head of the European Council Charles Michel discussed ways to resolve the political crisis in Belarus in a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior EU official said on Friday.

Michel, who chairs the Summits of European Union Leaders, said the bloc’s goal in Belarus is to stop violence against protesters and prevent economic or military chaos.

“The Ukrainian experience is important,” a source, who wished to remain anonymous, told Reuters. “No one wants a repeat of what happened in Ukraine. The European Union is not interested in the new Maidan and chaos in Belarus.”

“Belarus is not Ukraine, people there do not seek closer ties with the EU,” the official added. – The European Union strives to maintain stability, negotiations between the authorities, the opposition, and society, economic prosperity. At the same time, it is not disturbing the geopolitical balance of Belarus between the EU and Russia.”

Michel also expressed concern about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in a serious condition after the alleged poisoning.

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