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02 December 2021, 15:44

Lukashenko: Self-exiled opposition members have started fighting over Western funding

MINSK, 2 December (BelTA) – Belarusian self-exiled opposition members have started fighting over Western funding. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the relevant statement in a recent interview with Dmitry Kiselyov, Director General of the Russian state news agency MIA Rossiya Segodnya, BelTA has learned.

According to Aleksandr Lukashenko, the West previously expected the Belarusian opposition to help depose the current government and financed the opposition with this goal in mind. Now the West covers the opposition's expenses only to avoid a public disgrace. “It was that way when they fled Belarus to the West. They thought they would create a government, get rid of Lukashenko, and install the opposition government. It was right after the presidential election. They had hope. They no longer hope. Now they want to avoid a public disgrace. This is why they pay for the opposition's upkeep,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

The president noted that there are three opposition centers abroad. “And there are small structures between them. They want to live and eat. And nobody in the West gives away money for no reason: the money is running out. And they have started fighting with each other. And the West says: here, there is also the Constitution, we'll wait. If you don't turn Belarus upside down, we will not finance you. And now they are fighting over funding in order to survive,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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