Lukashenka meets journalists from independent media: main theses
TUT.BY writes about the interview of Alexander Lukashenka to three independent media – Euroradio, Radio Svaboda and TUT.BY. The interview went on for 4,5 hours. Lukashenka told that Russia would never go in war with Belarus, promised to come to New York for the UN Summit in September, and promised to support the Belarusian language. He also admitted that he was considering releasing ex-candidate Mikalai Statkevich from prison.
Despite raised hopes, a full turn toward Europe seems unlikely.
Do recent events indicate that Belarus could fully turn towards Europe and pull away from Russia politically? In the last few months, a number of developments have excited observers in international media and revitalised old debates about the former Soviet country’s future. But despite positive indications, a broader view suggests that this prediction may be overly optimistic.
In the judgment of most media freedom or democracy indexes, the Eastern European country is labelled as one of the worst in Europe and in recent years Belarus has shown no tangible progress towards establishing a free media atmosphere.