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Protests in Belarus. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: demonstrations are waning, hope in constitutional reform

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The head of Russian diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov, said that Russia was concerned that the situation in Belarus was still not calm. However, he admitted that protests in this country were waning. In his opinion, the solution to the situation is to carry out the constitutional reform organized by the authorities.

– We are of course concerned that the situation is still turbulent, although we are pleased that the intensity of the protests is declining. The number of protesters, as I understand it, is decreasing, Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Thursday at a press conference for journalists from Russia and abroad.

He added that 3-5 thousand people participated in the protests last Sunday, while previously over 100 thousand people gathered for the actions.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei LavrovPAP / EPA / COSTAS BALTAS / POOL

In Belarus, as a result of the brutal reaction of the authorities, numerous lawsuits and other repressions, the number of protests that had continued since the presidential elections in August decreased.

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According to Lavrov, “this decline in activity is clearly a sign that those people who sincerely went out into the streets wanted to be heard, understood that they should enter into a constructive dialogue.”

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Lavrov on plans for constitutional reform: we support this process

According to the head of the Russian diplomacy, who supports Alyaksandr Lukashenka, such a scenario is proposed by the ruling party, starting a “dialogue” on changes in the constitution, including limiting the president’s power and expanding the functions of the parliament. As Minsk has announced, the discussion on this topic will take place in the coming months as part of the All-Belarus People’s Congress, convened by the authorities.

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– We support this process and assume that the preparation of changes to the constitution should involve as broad groups of society as possible: trade unions, factory workers, students, associations, political parties, as well as healthy opposition forces – said Lavrov.

Lavrov: unconstructive opposition structures are trying to destabilize the situation

The Russian minister also assessed that non-constructive opposition structures in Vilnius and Warsaw, located in Vilnius and Warsaw, were striving to destabilize the situation, from the circle of former presidential candidate Swiatlana Cichanouska.

Detention in Belarus EPA / STR / PAP / EPA

In his opinion, instructions for aggressive protesters also flow through social networks from these capitals. Lavrov believes that Western countries inspire opposition to confrontational scenarios aimed at dividing Belarusian society.

According to Lavrov, currently mainly such people go out to the streets in Minsk, often including criminals and others, armed “with bars or paving stones”.

Main photo source: PAP / EPA / COSTAS BALTAS / POOL



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