RT: Lukashenko meets Putin in Sochi as western-backed Belarusian opposition figure Tikhanovskaya threatens to cancel any agreements Exiled former Belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has criticized Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for meeting with the “usurper,” a term she has used to describe the country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko.
Tikhanovskaya ran against the incumbent in an election on August 9, as the most prominent opposition candidate allowed on the ballot. According to the official results, Lukashenko received 80 percent of the vote, but Tikhanovskaya says her private opinion polling showed her to be the real winner. She has refused to recognize the election result as legitimate.
On Monday morning, Lukashenko arrived in the southern Russian city of Sochi for a much-anticipated face-to-face meeting with Putin. Amid speculation over their true goals, Tikhanovskaya sent a message to the Russian leader that any agreements signed would be void, if she ever comes to power.
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WNU Editor: Both leaders are hoping that winter will temper down these protests. I do not think that is going to happen. I know a lot of people in Belarus, and they are all telling me the same thing. Everyone wants change, and they want Belarus President Lukashenko gone. My prediction. What is happening in Belarus reminds me on what happened in Poland and the Solidarity Movement in the 1980s. They were suppressed by the Communist government for years, but in the end the government collapsed and the opposition leaders took over. The same thing is probably going to happen in Belarus.
More News On Today’s Meeting Between Belarus President Lukashenko And Russian President Putin
Putin, Lukashenko begin talks in Sochi — TASS
Belarus President Lukashenko seeks backing from Russia’s Vladimir Putin — ABC News Online
Lukashenko meets with Putin for ‘integration’ talks as Belarus unrest continues — France 24
Lukashenko feels the heat: Belarus president mops his brow and adopts submissive pose before Putin as he visits the Russian leader in hope of winning his support to stay in power — Daily Mail
Lukashenko seeks Putin’s help in attempt to survive mass protests — Al Jazeera
Russia Remains Committed to All Agreements With Belarus, Putin Stresses — Sputnik
It’s up to Belarusians to handle domestic situation without external pressure, says Putin — TASS
Russia to loan Belarus $1.5bn as Lukashenko tells Putin: ‘a friend is in trouble’ — The Guardian
Belarus protests: Putin doubles down on support for Lukashenko with US$1.5 billion loan — Bloomberg
Russia to extend $1.5 bln loan to Belarus — TASS
Putin pledges a $1.5 billion loan while meeting Lukashenko in Sochi — DW
Putin faces tough choice on Belarus: How to sort out Lukashenko without giving ground — Luke McGee and Mary Ilyushina, CNN