Presidential candidate Karatkevich campaigns against foreign military bases in Belarus
Presidential candidate Tatsyana Karatkevich staged an hour-long campaign event in downtown Minsk on Tuesday, during which she and members of her team demonstrated against foreign military bases in Belarus.
Passers-by could read the candidate’s election platform, which says that foreign military presence in Belarus runs counter to the constitutional principle of neutrality.
According to the platform, Ms. Karatkevich believes that membership in any military blocs may involve the country in foreign armed conflicts. She pledges to pursue a "truly multi-vector foreign policy" and remove all foreign military facilities from the territory of Belarus.
“You know that Russia plans to establish an airbase in Belarus,” Ms. Karatkevich said. “It is bad that they are apparently going to make a decision on this issue without asking for our opinion. We believe that authorities should take people’s opinion into consideration while making such decisions. That is why we launched the People’s Referendum campaign two years ago.”
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.