LUNINETS, 21 January (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told reporters who was behind the mutiny in Kazakhstan, BelTA has learned.
“They learned their lesson from the developments in Belarus. You did not even realize who was behind these gangs and this riot in Almaty. However, we could see it: Lithuania, Poland, and then Ukraine. And it was financed and run by the Americans. We saw special services of certain countries working there. It is still not so obvious. Clearly, Kazakhstan has its own specifics and they want to stay under the radar. Yet, such things cannot be coordinated and carried out so fast, within a day, without the help of special services. We have recognized their signature style. Our special services, and those of Russia and Kazakhstan have recognized it. When the time comes, they will reveal the details, if they want,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state also pointed to the difference in attitudes to the events in Kazakhstan and Belarus: “The developments in Belarus and Kazakhstan should not be measured by the same yardstick. You have already seen the response to the events in Kazakhstan, even though several hundred people died there, and to ours. We did not give away our ‘blue chips', our enterprises, to anyone. Had they been run by the Americans, Europeans, we would not have been criticized so harshly in August 2020. The power in Belarus, as well as money, albeit small, assets are in the hands of Belarusians. They [in the West] don't like it.”
“A month ago, I was openly told to let them come. I responded: I will not give anything to anyone. Because it's not mine,” the head of state added.
Speaking about the assessments of the events in Kazakhstan and Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko concluded: “The developments in Kazakhstan are a far cry from the developments in Belarus. And the situation is totally different. We do not have such a situation and never will.”
The president once again emphasized that people want justice. “And people see, having lived for decades in a new reality after the collapse of the Soviet Union, that there is no justice, that things are getting worse and worse, that some are getting richer, while others are getting poorer,” he said.
The head of state noted that during the pandemic the world's rich have become even richer. “This means that most people have become impoverished. This is the root cause of everything. And then looters, bandits, and various hooligans came into play. And special services financed all this and showed them where to go,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.