Chairman of the International Affairs Committee Leonid Slutsky:
The decision of the EU summit not to recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus was expected against the background of the statements that we have heard recently from European capitals. However, this decision is not about Belarusians, human rights and a peaceful way out of the crisis, it is, in fact, one of the forms of interference and pressure. Moreover, I don’t remember that any of the European observers was present at the elections of the Belarusian president to put forward such conclusions. Another “double standards” in action.
The situation in Belarus is really hot to the limit, but the West does not bother to search for real mechanisms of assistance for normalization, but is trying to apply the Ukrainian-Venezuelan scenario of promoting its own geopolitical interests.
I am sure that the threat of sanctions will not frighten Belarus. The most important thing is to let the Belarusians themselves figure out what is actually happening in the country and how to live further. Any attempts to impose so-called mediation may turn into a direct repetition of the Ukrainian events.