Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – President of Russia Vladimir Putin provided a loan of US $ 1.5 billion or around Rp 22.3 trillion (assuming Rp. 14,933 / US $) to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
The loans came after Lukashenko sought help after mass protests demanding his resignation over the past five weeks.
Last weekend 100,000 protesters took to the streets in the city of Minsk with chants of a signature song mocking the 26-year ruling leader.
Lukashenko thanks Putin. It is claimed that the Russian leader supports Lukashenko’s leadership.
“First of all, I want to thank … personally, thank you and all Russian people,” he said, quoted by Reuters, Tuesday (15/9/2020).
Lukashenko, was rocked by a coup on August 9. He announced for constitutional reform, although the opposition saw it as an attempt to maintain power.
The conflict within the Belarusian state is actually a conflict of power succession. Lukashenko’s desire to survive got a match from the people.
Photo: Riot police detain more than 400 demonstrators in Belarusian. AP /
Riot police detained more than 400 demonstrators in Belarusian. AP /
Opposition also came from the European Union and the United States. However, support was even obtained from Russia.
Meanwhile, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov also said Russia would withdraw reserves of law enforcement officers and national guards previously stationed at the border.
Russian troops had previously prepared to intervene if the situation got out of hand in Belarus.
“We want Belarus alone, without external pressure and pressure, to resolve this situation in a calm manner and through dialogue and find common solutions,” Putin said.
This move by Russia has angered Belarusian opposition politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
“Dear Russian! Your taxes will pay for our beatings. We are sure you do not want them. This may prolong the upheaval of Lukashenko’s death but will not prevent the victory of the people,” he said.
As of Sunday, at least 774 people have been arrested by the Belarusian government. Nearly all opposition leaders were imprisoned, deported, or forced into exile.
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