The operation of Belarusian services – forcing Ryanair to land in Minsk and kidnapping Roman Protasevich and his partner, Sophia Sabega, a Russian citizen – put Moscow in a difficult position. No wonder the Russians were hesitant to comment on the incident.
The first speaker this time was Konstantin Zatulin, vice-chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a member of the State Duma, where – rarely – he demonstrates his character and opinion. He described the dictator’s actions as “bad” and warned that their consequences would be “complications” in the international arena, which would also harm Russia.
The fatal timing of Lukashenka
From the Kremlin’s point of view, Lukashenka chose a truly shocking moment for his work. Wadimir Putin And his aides are trying to hold a Russian-American summit as soon as possible. Joe Biden It also aims to meet in June and in an atmosphere in which it can lead to specific agreements, and not lead to conflict.
Batka’s pirate action in the kidnapping of his political opponent Protasevich reminds world public opinion in the White House of the tragedy of flight MH17 and the attempted poisoning, and then sent him to prison on the false accusation of Alexei Navalny, Putin. Political opponent.
Putin was put in an awkward position
Lukashenka has put the Kremlin – its political, military and economic patron – in an extremely awkward position.
It is clear that only Putin, not even the biggest protestor in the European Union or Washington, can persuade today’s Belarusian tyrant to correct his mistake and release Roman Protasevich, who was captured by a thief. If it does not, it will be considered a sponsor of international terrorism. But he could not do it, because, according to the Kremlin line, the Belarusian journalist himself is Navalny – not an advocate of opinion of a large part of the nation, but an agent of foreign forces, an annoyer.
In addition, Putin’s propagandists are only waiting for a signal from the Kremlin to comfort themselves and shout “Brawl!” , He did the right thing by showing the West the whereabouts of his “clients”. Even on Monday afternoon, some dared. For example, State Duma deputy Vyacheslav Lesakov described the kidnapping of Protrasevich as “a remarkable operation”.
Lavrov: We will not leave our ally in poverty
So the Minsk pirate made his mistake in time. No wonder that the Kremlin remained silent almost a day after the hijacking of the plane with Protasevic, and in the end, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the president, stated that there was no comment on this topic, and international aviation authorities should assess this incident.
Lukashenka – though not directly his last achievement – was backed by Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, who promised that Russia “would not leave its ally in poverty.”
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova immediately admitted that she was “shocked by the shock of the West” of the Rynair plane accident. She indicated that the West was not reacting emotionally when the plane of the president returning from Moscow was stopped in July 2013. In Austria, Evo Morales in Bolivia, because Edward Snowden, who was chased by the Americans, was on board.
Russian restraint indicates that this time Moscow would prefer to wait for the West to react decisively and sharply to the pirate’s excesses of Putin, Minsk’s ally.