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Dmitry Novikov: “Belarus can follow the path of Venezuela”

The European Parliament declared Alexander Lukashenko persona non grata and did not recognize the results of the presidential elections. The EP also clarified that the parliamentarians join the “Belarusian people” in demanding new elections with independent observers.

Dmitry Novikov, First Deputy Chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, in an interview with the NSN, noted that the situation in Belarus could follow the Venezuelan scenario.

“Lukashenka does not perform the functions of the President of the European Union, therefore, this should not directly affect the performance of the functions of the President of the country. It is another matter, of course, that the statements of European politicians are signs of a whole system of actions being implemented by the West with regard to Belarus. There is no doubt that this is a kind of signal that demonstrates that the swaying of the situation in Belarus will continue. The situation is not easy, but I invite everyone to turn their attention to the situation in Venezuela, which at a certain stage developed even more dramatically. And nevertheless, Maduro (the current president – approx. NSN) managed to keep the situation under control and now, despite the economic difficulties created by the United States, the political situation in the country is quite stable. I think that today Belarus has every chance to go this way and generally repeat this scenario, ”Novikov specified.

In addition, the interlocutor of the NSN noted that the actions of European politicians will contribute to a faster integration of Belarus and Russia.

“Not because this statement has been made and because it is an open interference in the affairs of Belarus, and therefore Russia too, but because we are a single Union State. Most importantly, there are objective prerequisites for the further stage of integration, which must be implemented. It does not really depend on the statements of specific individuals, but the whole complex of events that is happening now can be an accelerator of the processes, ”the Russian deputy concluded.

The European Parliament also noted that “reliable reports indicate the victory of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.”

Let us recall that in January last year, the political crisis in Venezuela was acutely embodied in the emergence of two centers of power. Then the Speaker of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declared himself acting president amid protests that were caused by the inauguration of Nicolas Maduro for a second presidential term. In response, Maduro himself said that he would remain in office until the deadline set by the results of the elections – 2025. This confrontation between the official authorities and the opposition in Venezuela has caused polarization in the world community.

Earlier, the Vice-Speaker of the State Duma from the Liberal Democratic Party Igor Lebedev in an interview with the NSN spoke out sharply against Russia’s interference in the internal affairs of Belarus, especially by military means.

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