Alexander Lukashenko claims that two blocks of the nuclear power plant near Ostrovets will cover 40 percent of the country’s electricity needs. Alexander Lukashenko considered the launch of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP) near Ostrovets, as a historical moment in the life of Belarus.
The center-right opposition won Sunday’s legislative elections in Lithuania, and started talks with two liberal parties for a government coalition. According to official results of the two rounds of the elections, the the Homeland Union party (TS–LKD) topped the poll, with 25% of the vote.
This weekend it became clear that Poland is working on the integration project with Lithuania. Hence, it would create the new Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This would also mean that both nations will be leaving the EU. It should be noted, Poland and Lithuania have been on the forefront of the Belarus situation.
On Saturday, Russian Alexey Stolyarov aka Lexus pranked the Head of the European Parliament David Sassoli. David Maria Sassoli is an Italian politician and journalist, a member of the Democratic Party. Sassoli, a member of the European Parliament since 2009, was elected its President on 3 July 2019.
Belarus continues to experience a challenging situation. There have been casualties and mass arrests. This week, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Putin provided Lukashenko with financial aid and support.
Belarusian opposition leader and former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has today implored the United Nations Security Council to employ the use of “all mechanisms,” including sanctions, to end the Lukashenko-led administration’s “violence” and “human rights violations.”
Belarus has been embroiled in protests all August. The protests intensified after the presidential election on the August 9th. The election was flawed, yet Russia recognized the election as legitimate. Nevertheless, the opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya had to leave the country, due to the alleged attempt on her life.
The Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has made a statement pertaining imposing sanctions against Lithuania. Lithuania has been on the forefront of the Belarusian tumultuous situation. The leader of the opposition Svetlana Tichanovskaya has fled Belarus shortly after the election. At present, she continues to reside in Lithuania.
The Belarusian opposition leader, Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya held her first press conference in Lithuania while in exile, on Saturday (August 22nd). Criticizing President Lukashenko, the Belarusian opposition leader stressed that his countrymen would “never” agree to compromise with the current government.
Belarus has been in turmoil since the election on August 9th. At this point, it is for President Alexander Lukashenko to hold on to power or not. It largely depends on his action. There are certain external actors that are involved in the process. The reason for such diverse actors is based on Lukashenko playing multiple arenas.
Belarus continues to be in turmoil. The flawed election Sunday resulted in massive protests, deaths, and mass detainment of protesters. Some released reports of being tortured by the Belarusian KGB. However, the alleged Wagner mercenaries arrested in Minsk have been released, and made it safely back to Russia.
Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine formed a geopolitical triplet called the Lublin Triangle. There are conjoined statements by the Foreign Ministers of the three countries expressing “deep concern over the escalation of the situation in Belarus,” following the country’s presidential elections.
The European Commission and the EU Diplomatic Service launched consultations pertaining to the EU policy in the Arctic Region. The main purpose of the consultation is to identify the strengths and shortcomings of the current strategy. The consultations are expected to be completed by November 2020.
Lithuania is concerned about the resurrection of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The Pact was deemed in invalid in 1989, under Mikhail Gorbachev. However, recently, the Russian State Duma began contemplating a bill that will overturn the invalidation of the Pact.
Russia is building a new town named Ust-Luga. It is located 30km from the European Union’s (EU) border. The exact location is in the Kingiseppsky District of Leningrad Oblast, situated on the Luga River near its entry into the Luga Bay of the Gulf of Finland. This location is about 110km west of St. Petersburg. Ust-Luga has a 60,000 resident capacity. So far, it is 50% finished and they are already moving people into the town. The final phase will be completed by 2030.
France has announced that eight European countries have agreed to co-host migrants rescued in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, but Italy is not one of those countries. French President Emmanuel Macaron said six other countries supported a French-German plan to resettle migrants following talks in Paris.