20 January 2018, Saturday, 2:07

Raman Yakauleuski: Miasnikovich invited to strange summit


The information about holding the Eastern Partnership summit in Prague looks strange.

Political observer Raman Yakauleuski said it in an interview with charter97.org.

“The matter is that we haven't heard that about plans to hold a summit allegedly devoted to the fifth anniversary of the EaP after the Vilnius forum. Certain experts say the information appeared after Füle's visit to Kyiv, but there have been no official statements. Both the Belarusian side and Brussels modestly decline to give comments. We know that after the Vilnius Summit, the next one is due to be in Riga. It's unclear why Prague is being discussed. Maybe EU officials organise a propaganda forum ahead of the EP elections and changes in the EU governing bodies,” he thinks.

The observer notes that Lukashenka won't attend the event in any case, because he, unlike Miasnikovich, is subject to the visa ban.

“Belarus is likely to be represented by the prime minister. In any case, Belarus would be happy to be present at any European forum, because the authorities regard it as the correct political course provided by Minsk. Even if we suppose that Lukashenka allows Miasnikovich to visit Prague, he won't decide anything, just like Makei in Vilnius,” Raman Yakaulauski says.

We remind that Petr Mareš, the Czech Republic's Special Envoy for the Eastern Partnership, said Belarusian PM Mikhail Miasnikovich would represent the country at the summit in Prague scheduled for April 23-24.