Putin grants $ 1.5B loan to Belarus at meeting with Lukashenko
The leader of the Belarusian opposition said that the President of Russia &# 171; supported the dictator, not the Belarusian people&# 187;
The leader of the Belarusian opposition and human rights activist Svetlana Tikhanovskaya expressed regret that President Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The two authoritarian leaders met on Monday in Sochi, where Putin announced a $ 1.5 billion loan to the Belarusian government amid unrest in that country..
This was their first meeting after the start of mass protests in Belarus in connection with the re-election of Lukashenka for a sixth term in elections, which, according to many, were rigged..
“We, the Belarusian people, are very sorry that Mr. Putin supported the dictator in this situation, and not the Belarusian people, ”Tikhanovskaya said in an interview. "Voice of America" on Wednesday. “He sees what is happening in Belarus, that we are in the majority, that we no longer want to live under this government”.
Tikhanovskaya said that she and other opposition leaders do not consider Lukashenko a legitimate president, and his meeting with Putin is further evidence of the need for change “after new, fair elections, when a new president comes to power.”.
Tikhanovskaya also told the Voice of America that people guilty of crimes against demonstrators should be brought to justice.
“All these people who took part in the mass beatings and tortures after August 9, of course, must be brought to justice. But by a fair trial, after the elections, since the judicial system will definitely be changed, said Tikhanovskaya. “Everyone should be punished, because people will not forgive even the new leader if these crimes go unpunished.”.
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