Czech press: Moscow uses Lukashenko as a "hammer against Europe"
The Czech press published material in which the author (Petra Prokhazkova) discusses the relationship between Moscow and Minsk, as well as the options for contacts between Russia and Belarus with the EU countries. According to Ms Prokhazkova, Lukashenka for Moscow today acts "as a hammer against Europe." The article says that "this is quite expensive for Russia in economic terms, but at the same time Moscow is not going to give up such leverage."
From an article in DenikN:
The Czech observer complains that after the talks between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, which took place in Sochi the other day, the full version of these talks has not been published.
Calling Alyaksandr Lukashenka an “air pirate” for landing a plane bound for Vilnius from Athens, Petra Prokhazkova notes that immediately after the arrest of Roman Protasevich Lukashenka went to Russia “to beg for a loan”.
The Czech press stated that while in Belarus “many look with distrust at unification with Russia,” in Russia “in social networks and blogs Minsk is often called the administrative center of the Russian federal district”.
Prokhazkova says that Moscow is comfortable with Lukashenka as a person with the help of whom it is possible to exert a kind of pressure on the European Union, while pointing out that Minsk is implementing its own independent policy.
It should be added that it became known about Minsk's readiness to impose retaliatory sanctions against the EU countries in the event that Brussels expands the previously introduced sanctions.
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