The Russian leadership does not like the behavior of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in connection with the Victory Day. Such an opinion Ukrainian journalist, the correspondent of UNIAN in the Russian Federation Roman Tsymbalyuk expressed “Facts” in the interview, which was recorded on 7 may.
“The spark run. For example, the official releases of the telephone conversation, Lukashenko and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, held may 5, are strikingly different. Before that, the media leaked information that the Russian side expressed dissatisfaction with Lukashenka after Putin did not cancel the parade. The press service of the President of Belarus said that he told Putin about how the parade in Minsk on the Kremlin website still denied saying that this issue was not discussed at all”, he said.
According to the journalist, “Lukashenka’s behavior is very irritating to the Kremlin.”
“Look, this is what happens? But Lukashenko is just laughing at Putin! He says he can’t cancel the parade: “And I will tell that I was scared of coronavirus”. So, Putin is afraid. Lukashenka thinks it’s funny to chat with people on video. So, Putin funny,” explained Tsymbalyuk.
He noted that Moscow is in no hurry to respond to the invitation of the Minsk meeting of the heads of member countries of the Eurasian economic Union in late may, Lukashenka promised to make you “not picked up the coronavirus”.
“The main thing is that Lukashenko meets with people. He holds some meetings in his office, visiting factories, and around there is no one in the mask. It is clear that such defiance much outraged,” – said Tsymbalyuk.
3 may, Lukashenka called the forthcoming parade in Minsk on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Victory in world war II “the most dangerous from the point of view of epidemiologists and virologists event” and said that to cancel it due to pandemic coronavirus will not. May 5, Lukashenka was invited to the military parade of heads of States of the former USSR. The Belarusian authorities did not inform, did someone from the presidents invitation.
During the epidemic of Belarus has not closed its borders, not to stop the operation of businesses, shops, food establishments and education. Also, there is no ban on mass gatherings, despite the fact that the experts of the world health organization urged the authorities to introduce restrictive measures.
On 16 April Putin canceled the annual Victory paradeheld on may 9, because of the epidemic of the coronavirus. He reported that all the festive events on the occasion of the Victory Day will be held later in 2020, however, did not name the exact timing. 6 April, Russian media reported that the parade in Russia because of the quarantine may move on June 24. Probable date of the parade was also called the 3rd of September.
Restrictive measures in connection with the pandemic COVID-19 in Russia introduced from 28 March. 28 April, Putin announced the extension of the quarantine until may 11.
Russia and Belarus are members of the Union state.