Russia v. US on Belarus
by Stephen Lendman
Nearly three months after incumbent Belarusian President Lukashenko overwhelmingly defeated Svetlana Tikhanovskaya by a near-62% to 25% margin, a made-in-the-USA color revolution continues to unseat him.
She’s a Belarusian Guaido, a disreputable figure with no legitimacy, a US-designated puppet-in-waiting if the Trump regime’s coup plot succeeds.
Whenever Washington targets independent nations for regime change by hot wars, sanctions wars, color revolutions, or old-fashioned coups, EU countries ally with its schemes — supporting imperial lawlessness over the rule of law.
In an attempt to transform political nobody Tikhanovskaya into a somebody — ignoring her involvement in the ongoing coup plot, making her an international outlaw — EU parliamentarians awarded her this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in late October.
The annual award is supposed to honor individuals and groups of people who’ve dedicated their lives to the defense of human rights and freedom of thought.
Time and again it goes to an abuser of these principles or someone supporting abuses.
Awarding it to an individual allied with Washington’s plot to overthrow her country’s legitimate leader should have automatically disqualified her from consideration.
Instead, the EU parliament once again mocked the letter and spirit of the prize.
An array of disreputable figures were awarded the prize before, including the coup-plotting, undemocratic Venezuelan opposition in 2017.
According to analyst Kayla Popuchet, Tikhanovskaya was groomed long ago for the pro-Western role she’s now playing.
She’s “funded and backed by the same interests that worked to destabilize the Soviet Union and promote neoliberalism all over Eastern Europe.”
She’s “a traitor” to her native country, a political stooge serving US imperial interests.
“Belarusians are not monolithic and have varying opinions. While she has a lot of supporters, she has a lot of people denouncing her.”
If Biden succeeds Trump in January, the plot to transform Belarus into a US vassal state will continue without missing a beat — even though it failed.
Pre-US presidential election, he accused Lukashenko of “tortur(ing) his own people,” a longstanding US speciality, no evidence cited that supports his claim.
In the spirit of US imperial lawlessness, he called for the international community to “significantly expand its sanctions on Lukashenko’s henchmen and freeze the(ir) offshore accounts…”
Head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergey Naryshkin met with Lukashenko in Minsk.
According to Vladimir Zharikhin, Deputy Director of the CIS Institute (representing Commonwealth of Independent States, including Russia and Belarus), Lukashenko underestimates the seriousness of what’s going on in the country.
He’s vulnerable because problems long festered before the August 9 election, what Russian officials told him needed correcting.
At the same time, Moscow strongly supports Belarusian independence, wanting the country kept free from Western control.
In late October, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu expressed Kremlin support for Belarus and Lukashenko, saying the following:
“The Republic of Belarus was and remains our closest neighbor, reliable ally and strategic partner.”
“This is particularly important under the current conditions of international instability, when the mistrust in relations between countries is growing, when attempts are made to undermine the basis of the international law and interests of sovereign states are ignored.”
“Using the ‘colored revolution’ technologies, the United States and its satellites purposefully pump up tensions and undermine the internal political situation in a number of countries.”
Shoigu stressed that Moscow strongly opposes actions by the US and West to illegally meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.
He called Belarus’ military security a “priority” issue for Russia, adding:
Bilateral “military cooperation is optimal. I am sure today’s meeting will be constructive and conducive to the further deepening of our military cooperation and to the strengthening of the defense capabilities of our Union State.”
Both countries share a common border. Russia strongly opposes actions by the US and West that aims to compromise their security and independence.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”