Russians Threaten Lukashenko With Coup D’etat 16:37, 18/11/2002
Russian newspaper “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, which is close to Vladimir Putin’s Administration, published today an article under the heading “The Union of Three is Possible, Though Unnecessary. Scandals with Belarus, Friendship with Ukraine As Follow-Ups of Kremlin’s New Policy”. The newspaper confirms that Russia and Belarus broke up now and for all. This is no occasion, but the result of the deliberate policy of the Russian leadership. In Russia rumors are spreading that Minsk may face not even political crisis but rather state coup. “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” quotes Russian parliamentarians and officials as saying that: “One can’t talk of the democratic mechanism of changing power in Belarus – Lukashenko made it unambiguously clear that regardless of the country’s constitution, he will run for the third term of presidency. And so, the coup scenario can be classical: special services, top officials and some MPs will overthrow Lukashenko and appoint new elections date. One cannot doubt that Russia, Europe and USA will uphold the conspirators,” – reads the Russian periodical.