Over 70% of Belarusians want the authorities to meet the European Union’s demands
1530 respondents were involved in the poll conducted by one of the oldest sociological centers in Belarus.
After deterioration of Belarus ‘contacts with the neighboring Russia due to the oil-gas conflict at the beginning of the year Alyaksandr Lukashenka who for the last ten years has been the “person non grata “ for the West, announces his wish to make friends with them.
The European Union mentioned its former claims in reply: to start democratic reforms, to stop persecuting the opposition and to release the political prisoners. In return the EU promises trade preferences, simplification of the visa mode and financial support to the 10-million country.
The official Minsk calls these conditions unacceptable and demands annulment of sanctions against Lukashenka and another three dozens of his officials imposed after the last year’s presidential elections.
According to the pole data, the majority of citizens of the country do not share the authorities’ opinion: implementation the EU requirements for the European assistance in raising the living standard of Belarusians « are not denied”.
“Average 71.2 % of the questioned consider that” these requirements “ should be met”, it is said in the IISEPR message.
According to the poll, 85 % of Belarusians speak for the freedom of press, 83% support the requirement for democratic elections, 49% agree with requirement for death penalty annulment.
In this case almost half of the respondents spoke for the beginning of talks between the authorities and the opposition.
“Many respondents announced their support of the European Union requirements, they sincerely assume that nothing prevents Belarus from implementation of these requirement”, the IISEPR experts remark.
They are also sure that “the fact of positive assessment of the twelve requirements of the European Union proves that millions of Belarusians are ready to admit the European values”.