Lukashenka’s rival in the last presidential elections called on the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service to stop “broadcasting stale propaganda clichés”
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The reason for the protests in Belarus is not the “influence of the West,” which Sergei Naryshkin, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), speaks of, but the refusal of the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko to leave after the defeat in the elections. This was stated by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, for whom, according to the estimates of Lukashenka’s opponents, up to 80% of the votes were cast in the August 9 elections.
“The reason for the protests in Belarus is one and everyone knows: Lukashenka lost the elections, but does not want to leave. The people, who refused to trust and support the former president, demand his departure, ”said Tikhanovskaya, whose words quotes Telegram-channel “Pool of the first”, which is run by her press service.
Lukashenka’s rival, whom the Lithuanian parliament called on considered the elected president of Belarus, called what is happening in the country “an internal political crisis.”
“There is nothing in the demands of the protesters that would relate to relations with other countries or changes in the foreign policy orientation of Belarus. It would be worthwhile for the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Mr. Naryshkin, to understand, instead of broadcasting stale propaganda clichés, “Tikhanovskaya added.
On Wednesday, September 16, Naryshkin said that Tikhanovskaya, like other oppositionists, is under the “close tutelage” of the United States, whose authorities “play a key role” in the events in Belarus.