At the inauguration ceremony of Alexander Lukashenko, which was held today without prior notice at the Palace of Independence in Minsk, there were only a few hundred people , which is very few for events of this level. According to the law "On the President of the Republic of Belarus", the oath-taking ceremony is broadcast on the republican television and radio. But this time, only television series were shown on all state channels.
The press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said that the head of the Russian state, Vladimir Putin, was not invited to this ceremony, and until today Moscow did not know about it either. For several hours, the Russian embassy cannot decide whether Ambassador Dmitry Mezentsev was at the inauguration, - notes the Telegram channel of the Podyom publication.
Now the Belarusian opposition intends to hold an indefinite protest action after such an inauguration, ”said Pavel Latushko, a member of the Presidium of the Opposition Coordination Council. He called the inauguration of Alexander Lukashenko “an unprecedented situation”, which took place “under the protection of riot police, in an atmosphere of secrecy and secrecy, in a narrow circle of hastily brought officials”, - the Kommersant newspaper notes.
Germany has already announced that it will not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as President of Belarus, even after his inauguration. This was announced by the official representative of the government of the country Steffen Seibert. Slovakia, Germany, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania also refused to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate head of the Belarusian state.
In Belarus, after the presidential elections held on August 9, a political crisis began. Mass protests are being dispersed by the authorities in the country. Earlier, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya agreed on assistance from the European Union in the event that the country begins "democratic changes".