- Russia says the need for the party is to combat foreign interference.
- The turmoil started in Belarus when President Lukashenko started jailing opponents and continues to jail opposition at present.
- Earlier this month, the EU introduced a third round of sanctions against Belarus.
A Kremlin representative made an announcement regarding the intention by Russia to create a political party in Belarus that will support integration with Russia. However, the new party will oppose the current dictatorial regime of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Russia is one of only a handful of countries that recognized the legitimacy of the Belarusian presidential election.
The need for such a party is due to the foreign intelligence interference into the affairs of Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova, according to the office of the President of the Russian Federation by the General of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Vladimir Chernov.
Since the recent presidential election in Moldova, the new president decided to change the language on the official governmental site from “Moldovan” to the Romanian language. In reality, both nations, Moldova or Romania, do not have anything significant to offer Russia or the European Union.
However, President Lukashenko is responsible for the turmoil in Belarus. His attempts to play both East and West have not resulted in positive results. Recently, President Lukashenko admitted the presence of Pro-Western opposition as a reason for refusing deeper integration with the Russian Federation.
At the same time, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Britain, and Germany support the Pro-Western opposition in Belarus to block Belarus and Russian unification. Russia has not been pressuring Belarus with integration in previous years.
The turmoil started in Belarus when President Lukashenko started jailing opponents and continues to jail opposition at present.
Moreover, the Kremlin also plans to promote the ideas of privatization of the public sector and dismantling censorship in Belarus. Additionally, the Kremlin stated that there are seven candidates that will be involved in the new party. The goal is to prepare candidates for the parliamentary election and to create a network of local leaders.
In addition, the Prime Minister of Belarus, Roman Golovchenko, announced on December 27 that Belarus signed oil and gas contracts with Russia.
China is also accelerating its presence in Belarus with Russia’s blessing. The Chinese-Belarusian innovation center for the commercialization of scientific and technical achievements was officially opened on December 26th in the Chinese-Belarusian industrial Park, “Great Stone.”
Earlier this month, the EU introduced a third round of sanctions against Belarus, which include myriad new restrictions. According to the Belarusian Foreign Minister, Vladimir Makes, Belarus’ government is planning to retaliate and the measures will be directed against foreign embassies currently operating in Belarus.
He also noted that there will be more retaliatory measures in at least three more industries. The list of retaliatory sanctions will be given to the EU members, but will not be disclosed to the general public. Belarus will also limit the work of political funds on its territory.
Overall, it is clear Lukashenko will not stay in power very long. He has no choice, at this point, but to join Russia. The West will not be able to gain control of Belarus. Svetlana Tichanovskaya does not have what it takes to be the next President of Belarus.