On August 14th, at a meeting of the Security Council of Belarus, President Alexander Lukashenko made a statement regarding the protests.
He accused Poland, Holland, Ukraine, and Open Russia of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Alexei Navalny, and the protests themselves were inspired from abroad.
Lukashenko, apparently, does not consider the situation in Minsk a catastrophe or excessively tense, but problematic, despite the obvious increase in the number of strikers over the past 3 days and the intensity of protests in Minsk on August 14th.
Furthermore, he put forward an astounding argument. The images of police beating on people who are lying down are obviously fake.
Because Belarusians are Slavs and Slavs do not beat those who are lying down.
No statements were made on the introduction of Martial Law. On the contrary, among the statements one can note the calls to calm down and not interfere with the security forces.
This is a very obvious attempt for Lukashenko to also start producing some counter-propaganda against the opposition propaganda campaign. Whether it will be successful, of course, remains in question. After all, the pressure that will be exerted on Lukashenko to organize new elections will only ramp up in the following days.
Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Maas has already stated that sanctions against Lukashenko and the leadership of Belarus are inevitable and will be introduced in the near future.
The sanctions, in addition to Lukashenko, will most likely affect members of his family, the heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the KGB and internal troops, possibly the leadership of the Ministry of Defense, the head of the Central Election Commission, as well as some other ministers.
The head of the Central Electoral Commission of Belarus, Yermoshina, said that there would be no revision of the election results.
Separately, the 33 Russians detained in Belarus, accused of being part of the mythical Wagner PMC and conspyring against the Lukashenko government were released and returned to Russia. Authorities claim that the transfer of these persons was carried out in strict accordance with the norms of international law and national legislation of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, in close cooperation of the prosecution authorities of our countries. The competent authorities of the Russian Federation will continue to deal with the situation around these citizens. This move became the apparent confirmation of the open secret that the detention of the Russians (private military contractors that were heading to their destinations the Middle East and Africa through Belarus to serve as guards at local facilites) was just a political game by Lukashenko that has been making increasingly anti-Russian steps over the past years. Thus, he tried to gain the support of the pro-Western opposition and demonstrated that he was ‘defending’ Belarus from the Russian meddling into Belarusian ‘internal affairs’. Together with Lukashenko’s sabotage of the Union State agreement with Russia, this showcases the real position of the Belarusian leader.
In this light, it’s especially interesting to see how President Lukashenko accidentally remembered about Belarus’ alliance with Russia as his political power is slowly crumbling under the pressure of protests and the pressure of Euro-Atlantic structures. On August 15, Lukashenko announced plans to make a phone call to Russian President Vladimir Putin and claimed that the current ‘threat’ to Belarus is the threat to the entire Union State. Apparently, Mr. Lukashenko accidentally forgot how just a few days ago he was accusing Russia of trying to destabilize the situation in Belarus and standing against the political intergradation within the Union State deal.