Russian TV broadcasts private conversation between Merkel and Lukashenko

Russian television produced a transcript of the phone call between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, as she leaves Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/ Sergei Grits)

Independent Belarusian journalist Tadeusz Giczan drew attention to a program on Russian television in which Angela Merkel’s conversation with Alexander Lukashenko was presented.

He posted a commentary as well as a video clip from the program on Twitter.

Giczan emphasized that during the conversation, the German chancellor frequently called Lukashenko “Mr. President” although most of the Western countries consider last year’s presidential election in Belarus to be rigged by what critics say is an authoritarian government.

As the Belarusian journalist stated, those who call Lukashenko should be careful as their conversation will end up on Russian television.

But Lukashenko seems to be cooperating with Moscow not only in the case of his talks with Merkel. He also seemed to have been preparing Russian public opinion for a Russian invasion of Ukraine during his talks with the government.

“Much will change during this month. You will see so much more. We will see a solution stretching from the Black Sea to the Baltic Sea,” Lukashenko was to have said, according to Russian state media. He expressed this opinion on Monday, addressing new employees of regional authorities. 

The Belarusian leader also claimed that Ukraine was to blame for the entire situation.

“A pretext is needed to attack Russia, although no one in Russia intends to attack Ukraine. What is happening over there and what NATO and the Americans are planning is unacceptable not only for Russia, but also for us because we are close to them,” he said.

Lukashenko announced that “very large solutions” would take place after the New Year.

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