Kiyv: NATO Ex-Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in an interview with Polish Radio advised Belarus to follow the example of Georgia and Ukraine in relations with the Russian Federation.
According to him, Putin’s attempts to integrate Belarus into Russia represent a serious threat to the security of the entire region.
“There is no doubt that Putin will put pressure on Belarus. We have already seen how Russia is pushing local authorities to deploy bases and ensure the presence of Russian forces in Belarus on a permanent basis,” Rasmussen said.
The diplomat noted that Belarus is not yet a democratic state, that its residents should be guided by the experience of Ukraine and Georgia in order to independently determine their future.
“It is possible that opposition forces will grow, which could confront the authorities in Minsk, and this is the only way to move forward,” said Rasmussen.
The former NATO Secretary General added that in the future Minsk could play an important role due to the geo-location between Russia and Europe. And NATO and the EU, subject to reforms and a freer society in the country, are ready to consider accepting Belarus into their ranks.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that the US military and political role in Europe is of great importance for regional security and stressed that he does not want the presence of a Russian military base in his country.