Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko have agreed to receive Minsk. $ 500 million loan (Over 410 million euros) The pressure was mounting on Belarus after a meeting between the two leaders this Friday and the forced landing of a plane in Minsk.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced on Saturday that this was the second installment of the loan package agreed before the controversial landing. And Belarus “has not submitted any request for additional assistance,” DOS said.
Similarly, Peskov shared that the meeting had two main topics: “Further development of trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Belarus, as well as the fight against the epidemic.”
At a meeting in the Russian Caucasus city of Sochi this Friday, the Belarusian dictator expressed his dissatisfaction with external efforts to bring his country back to the crisis levels recorded after the August 2020 election.
The EU maintains pressure
President of the European Parliament, David Sasoli reiterated this Sunday that he wants to continue to press Belarus to secure the release of journalist Roman Protashevich and his girlfriend Sofia Sabeka., The plane has been detained after landing by Belarusian authorities.
“We will maintain focus and pressure, and we hope this will lead to the release of the two,” he told the German media group Funkew, adding that the EU’s response to the crisis was “strong and united.”, According to the DPA.
Sasoli proposed this week that airports in EU member states be filled with journalist’s photos following the leaders’ agreement to impose sanctions against Alexander Lukashenko’s regime and restrict the use of Belarusian airspace.
For its part, the European Commission presented a plan in support of democratic change in Belarus this Friday, which seeks to mobilize up to 3,000 million, but only if the country progresses on the path to democracy.
The plan comes in line with the agreement of the twenty-seven leaders of the support package for the Belarusian opposition and the last fall of its struggle for democracy in the country.
(With information from Europa Publishing)