Russia is Pushing for Reforms in Belarus

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Russia’s Foreign Minister on Thursday urged Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko to honour the agreements with the Kremlin and proceed with constitutional reforms.

 

This to avert a political crisis after months of protests.

Lukashenko, called on by the opposition to resign following the August 9 presidential election, promised during talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on September 14 that he would reform Belarus’s constitution.

Protesters against his rule are convinced that the elections have been fraudulent.

Lukashenko has always denied electoral fraud and on his visit to Moscow was promised a loan of $ 1.5 billion (1.3 billion euros). Russia’s political support is essential for him to stay in power. He later said Belarus could hold new elections once the constitutional reforms are approved.

But political opponents have dismissed Lukashenko’s reform proposal as a delaying tactic. Reforms have also not yet been implemented.

“As President Putin has repeatedly stressed, we are interested in seeing these initiatives,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told Lukashenko on a visit to the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

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