Putin warns Merkel & Macron to NOT “interfere” in Belarus [Video]

ER Editor: Before we dive into Alexander Mercouris’ commentary, we recommend reading this overview piece by F. William Engdahl titled Belarus: Why Is Lukashenko Being Color Revolutioned Just Now?
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Has Lukashenko been weakened? Is he on his way out? Here’s Mercouris:

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Belarus is in a delicate phase right now and much is uncertain. Lukashenko seems to have found his bearings, albeit temporarily. He has accepted, as shown in a public speech he made, that he might not be in power for much longer. The strike waves in Belarus have meanwhile died down, and the protests are diminishing in size. There are 3 reasons for this.
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First, Lukashenko has been coming out constantly, attacking the opposition. But also, his opposition have made some big mistakes. The Opposition Council came out with an official policy position showing it wants separation from Russia, etc. which hasn’t gone down at all well with native Belarusians. (ER: See this 21Wire report of a couple of days ago titled Belarus ‘Opposition’ Document Reveals Agenda to Pull Country Into NATO and EU.) But third, the EU HAS BOTCHED ITS RESPONSE TO THIS, ABOVE ALL. It has backed the opposition group, which people can see is pushing Belarus away from Russia and towards the West. The EU is oblivious to how unpopular it is in places like Belarus. So its leaders are trying to meddle in Belarus’ affairs – Merkel tried to speak to Lukashenko, who snubbed her, which made headlines in Germany. Then Putin was contacted in order to have him intervene. Putin’s official statements to Merkel show that Russia doesn’t approve of Germany’s involvement in Belarus’ internal affairs. Then Macron tries, and Putin makes a similar response. Charles Michel, president of the EU Council, then speaks to Putin not once but twice with the same result. Meanwhile, Belarusians are sensing that they’re being hijacked by outside forces.
Putin, however, is dissatisfied with Lukashenko. What is the plan going forward between Putin and Belarus to replace him?
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Putin and Lukashenko have had four phone conversations just in the last few days; top ministers and intelligence officials are also in close contact, so major Russian dialogue is taking place. There is talk of a new Belarusian constitution. Lukashenko, meanwhile, needs to focus on how to provide a smooth transition for someone else to take his place. 
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So, Russia has boots very much on the ground, the protests are subsiding, and the EU has been snubbed. But it could all change in a heartbeat.
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Putin warns Merkel & Macron to NOT “interfere” in Belarus (Video)

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Via DW (https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-macron-talks-france-offers-eu-mediation-in-belarus-including-russia/a-54639160)…

The leaders of Germany and France discussed the worsening political crisis in Belarus during talks at French President Emmanuel Macron’s summer retreat on the Cote d’Azur on Thursday.

At a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel following a two-hour meeting, Macron said the European Union could try to mediate an end to the deep public discontent over the disputed election win for strongman Alexander Lukashenko.

Macron said the Belarusian people must find a solution but said that Brussels stands ready to help and insisted that Russia — the ex-Soviet state’s closest ally — should be included in the dialogue.

But he also warned Moscow against any aggressive intervention in its neighbor’s affairs.

Merkel, meanwhile, said that Lukashenko “has not sought to speak to any of us [EU leaders],” despite facing a growing post-election protest movement that has brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets.

Some protesters gathered again in Minsk on Wednesday evening, defying Lukashenko’s latest order to his police to clear the streets of the capital after a week and a half of rallies against his rule.


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