MINSK, 23 Feb – RIA Novosti. The leader of the opposition in Belarus, ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that she was ready to provide the President of the Republic, Alexander Lukashenko, with guarantees of personal safety in the event of his resignation from the highest government post.
“As is usually done – a small house with personal security – yes,” said Tikhanovskaya, answering the question whether she is ready to provide Lukashenka with guarantees of personal security in the event of his leaving his post. On Tuesday, an interview with Tikhanovskaya was posted on the YouTube channel of the Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon.
According to the opposition politician, the provision of such guarantees “should be the result of negotiations” with the Belarusian authorities.
After the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Lukashenka won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, in Minsk and in the regions they were associated with riots. During their dispersal, the security forces used special means and special equipment. The authorities have officially confirmed the deaths of three protesters. In the fall, the protest actions moved from the central streets to the courtyards of residential buildings. On February 11, the KGB of Belarus announced that the situation in the country had stabilized, the peak of the protests had passed, and their manifestations had practically disappeared.
The opposition believes that Tikhanovskaya won the elections, demands new elections and initiates the expansion of international sanctions against Minsk, previously adopted by Western countries. In Belarus, criminal cases have been initiated against a number of members of the opposition coordination council, created on the initiative of Tikhanovskaya. Tikhanovskaya, who left for Lithuania after the elections, is a defendant in a criminal case on the creation of an extremist community and an attempt to seize power; she is put on the interstate wanted list in Belarus and Russia.
The Belarusian authorities have repeatedly stated that the protests in the country are being coordinated from abroad. Lukashenko accused the West of direct interference in the situation in the republic, noted that the unrest is directed by the United States, and the Europeans “play along” with it. Among the countries from which the protest actions are coordinated, Lukashenka named Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Ukraine.
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