Germany and Russia Discuss Situation in Belarus

19.01.2011 11:02
Архив Редакция

The situation after the presidential elections in Belarus was discussed at the meeting of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Grigori Karasin with the Ambassador of Germany in Moscow Ulrich Brandenburg, which was held in Moscow on January 18. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the sides exchanged views on specific issues of relations between Russia and Germany with the CIS countries during the conversation. 

«Particular attention is paid to the political process in Moldova and the progress prospects in Transdniestria settlement process, the current situation in the South Caucasus region, including Geneva discussions on security in the Caucasus. The situation in Belarus and Central Asia was also touched upon,» the Foreign Ministry of Russia informed.

As Telegraf previously reported, the world community strongly condemned the Belarusian authorities for a dispersal of peaceful opposition protests in Minsk on December 19 and the mass arrests of its members. Some European countries offered to introduce visa sanctions against the officials, implicated in the crackdown on the demonstrators in Minsk.

Furthermore, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Martynov had his invitation to the annual Munich security conference on February 4-6, revoked on January 18. This decision was made by the permanent chairman of the conference Wolfgang Ischinger «to protest against the human rights situation in the authoritarian state.»

However, state media published the declassified documents of the Belarusian secret service in mid-January, from which it followed that the Belarusian opposition had been allegedly financed by Germany and Poland. In this connection, the Belarusian ambassador in Berlin, Andrei Giro, was summoned to the Foreign Minister of Germany, where he was told about the totally unfounded accusations, distributed in the Belarusian media, that Germany and Poland had been involved in attempts to overthrow Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.