He said that during the phone call with Vladimir Putin in response to his advice how to fight COVID-19, the President of Belarus started to ask for economic assistance. After receiving a negative reply, he interrupted the conversation.
On the eve of Victory Day, a holiday that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945, Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus had a telephone conversation, which ended in a rather unfriendly way. It might cause a new round of confrontation between Moscow and Minsk. This was stated by Valery Solovey, Doctor of Historical Sciences and a well-known political analyst, in an interview with the GlavTema Narod YouTube channel.
He said that during the phone call with Vladimir Putin in response to his advice for how to fight COVID-19, the President of Belarus started asking for economic assistance. After receiving a negative reply, he interrupted the conversation.
“As my Belarusian confidants told me, a few days before the 9 May Victory Day parade, Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko, Presidents of Russia and Belarus, had a telephone conversation,” said Solovey.
“During this conversation, Putin gave Lukashenko some advice on combating the epidemic of coronavirus infection and discussed with him some issues concerning the Belarusian policy. In the end, Belorussian President replied: “Mr. Putin, don't tell us how to live – you better help us financially.” After receiving a negative reply, Lukashenko rushed to round up the conversation.
“I believe that Russia will respond to this bold behavior on the part of the Belarusian leader shortly. It has all the necessary opportunities for it. According to my data, at the moment, the Belarusian agenda is among the priorities in the Kremlin. To my thinking, unfortunately, it won't be good for either the Belarusians or Russians.”