Moscow is not interested in destabilizing the situation in Belarus, as happened in Ukraine in 2014. This was announced today, July 16, by the Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Andrei Rudenko.
“Unlike foreign players, as the actors are now saying, Russia is not interested in any ‘Maidans’ or in any Kyiv scenarios. What happened in Ukraine became such an inoculation for many states, including for the brotherly, closest to us country – Belarus, ”he said in an open interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman.
At the same time, he stressed that Russia is calmly watching what is happening in Belarus.
“Russia did not interfere and is not going to interfere in the electoral processes, we have no interest in influencing the opinion of Belarusians. The final choice must be made by the Belarusian people, and we recognize this choice, ”noted Rudenko, adding that Moscow believes that the elections in Belarus“ will be calm ”.
At the same time, the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation stressed that Russia, “in case of sending us an invitation, will also send its observers as part of various missions.”
Let us remind you that the presidential elections in Belarus are scheduled for August 9. On July 14, the republic’s CEC registered five presidential candidates, including the incumbent head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. At the same time, registration was denied to his two main rivals – Valery Tsepkalo and Viktor Babariko. After that, protests were held in various cities of the republic.