Volodymyr Zelenskyy about Belarus: Ukraine will not interfere – these are their internal affairs

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During a telephone conversation, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exchanged views on the situation in Belarus

KIEV – It is not too late for the authorities and society to start a dialogue in order to resolve the situation in one way or another. This is how the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the situation in Belarus in an interview with the Euronews news channel, answering a question about the similarities of the protests in the neighboring country with the events in Ukraine in 2014..

“I would not wish them the same events that we had in 2014. I do not want the Belarusians to die, to be killed or any other serious bloodshed caused by the government. I do not want this, and therefore I do not want the same scenario for the Belarusian people. […] I believe that it is not too late for the authorities and society to start a dialogue in order to resolve the situation in one way or another. The result is not important. It’s not about him at all, but about the path to him. And this path should not be bloody “, – said the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky.

Euronews publishes an interview on August 25 and in it the leader of Ukraine claims that he would not want to “interfere in the Belarusian elections” and will not do it..

“Ukraine will not interfere. These are their internal affairs. But if they asked me what I would do […] I would say: in a month there will be new elections. I will participate in them. Who wants to – participate! ” – said President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The presidential elections in Belarus ended on August 9. Opponents of Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s power disagree with the vote count, hold peaceful protests and strikes.

About Belarus and the peaceful settlement

According to the press service of the President of Ukraine on August 26, the country’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy held a telephone conversation with the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo..

The parties “discussed in a telephone conversation topical issues of bilateral cooperation, the process of peaceful settlement in Donbass, and also exchanged views on the situation in Belarus”.

“The main thing is for the situation in Belarus to stabilize, so that there is a peaceful settlement. Ukraine has never interfered and does not plan to interfere in the elections of any state, ”Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed..

He also expressed hope that the expression of the will of the Belarusian people will be implemented in the near future..

In addition, the president noted that he would not allow any interference of Ukraine in the American electoral process, and any attempts by individual politicians to make certain statements have a clearly pronounced provocative trail of common opponents of Ukraine and the United States..

“Mike Pompeo congratulated Ukraine and the entire Ukrainian people on the 29th anniversary of independence. Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted the importance of financial assistance from the United States to maintain the stability of the economy and public finances of Ukraine, “the information on the website of the President of Ukraine says.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted that he will discuss in more detail some issues of bilateral relations with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan during a meeting in Kryvyi Rih..

As a reminder, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan held talks in Moscow with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday. The agenda of the talks included discussion of the situation in Belarus. The day before, Stephen Bigan met in Vilnius with the leadership of Lithuania and presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.

Weighted position of Ukraine

Political scientist Petr Oleshchuk believes that Ukraine on the “Belarusian issue” takes a balanced position, while expressing devotion to democratic values.

“This position is reflected in the statement of the foreign ministers of the countries of the Lublin Triangle that democratic standards should be observed in Belarus, there should be no violence, and all participants in the protest movement should be released,” Petr Oleshchuk told the Voice of America correspondent “.

At the same time, he notes that it is beneficial for Russian propaganda to voice an opinion on the possible role of Ukraine in the popular speeches of Belarusians..

“There is such an opinion – to tie Ukraine to the protests, as a negative scenario due to Russian propaganda, that this is the transfer of the Maidan to Belarus, and Lukashenka once recalled that some Ukrainian forces are interested in the coup. In this situation, you need to be careful, understand that this is manipulation. Today’s position of Ukraine is weighed, it is synchronized with the position of the European Union and the United States on the situation in Belarus, ”notes Petr Oleshchuk.

The political scientist reminds that Belarus is an important partner in the economy and a northern neighbor, partnerships with which maintain stability in the region.

About the “old” elite and the situation in Belarus

Political scientist Viacheslav Potapenko believes that the situation in Belarus resembles the events in Ukraine in 2001.

“Whether Lukashenka remains or not, some kind of opposition will emerge and this is similar to the events of 2001 in Ukraine, to the protest“ Ukraine without Kuchma ”, when public parties and organizations began to emerge, the process of splitting political elites began, Viktor Yushchenko became prime minister , and Yulia Tymoshenko – took a place in opposition to Kuchma, “- says Vyacheslav Potapenko to the correspondent of the Russian service” Voice of America “.

He believes that now the protest movement in Belarus will not disappear, whatever the actions of the Belarusian authorities, will take shape and will have the opportunity to communicate with the West, in the European Union..

“But in any case, Lukashenka will weaken, not strengthen his position. And whether he leaves or not, whether he transfers power or not, the position of Russia will also strengthen, because there is no vision or ideas of European integration in the Belarusian society. They see the processes that are going on in Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia – associations, negotiations, some kind of privileges, but this is not the path of Poland, and not the prospect of EU membership in the foreseeable future, “notes Vyacheslav Potapenko.

One of the problems that does not allow, “how to change the power in Belarus in Poland,” he calls the absence of a mechanism for leaving for the old elite.

“They have nowhere to go: leaders, security officials, politicians, – there is no positive scenario or example of how to push back the old elite, as they did in Poland with the entourage of Wojciech Jaruzelski and cleared the way for a new life,” the political scientist emphasizes..

The mechanism for resolving the conflict in Belarus, he notes, should be negotiations, which “need to be thought out somehow.”.

“But the Belarusians themselves should think it over,” says Vyacheslav Potapenko.

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