Tbilisi and Kiev have strained relations with Moscow and aspire to join the Western alliance, while Belarus is one of Russia’s closest allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has advised the Belarusian opposition to learn from the colour revolutions which rocked Georgia and Ukraine in 2003 and 2014 and led to a shift in those countries’ policies vis-à-vis NATO and Russia.
Speaking to PolskieRadio, Rasmussen said that Belarus was currently “not a democratic state,” and that Belarusians should “decide about their future” just as Georgia and Ukraine had done earlier.
“It’s quite possible that we will see a growth of the opposition forces, which could oppose the authorities in Minsk, and I think this is the only possible way forward,” the former official said, adding that Belarus could play a “very interesting role” if it joined Western institutions, given that it is situated between Europe and Russia.
“There is no doubt that Putin will put pressure on Belarus,” Rasmussen added, while calling Russian-Belarusian integration initiatives as a “threat.” “We have already seen how Russia is pushing for bases and the permanent stationing of Russian forces in Belarus. This is a fact,” he said.
Characterizing the current Belarusian government as a “problem,” Rasmussen stressed that “of course, we need to reform Belarus before we move on,” and that EU…