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Thursday, May 12, 2005

 

Lukashenka 'thrown out of Moscow'?

From Charter 97:

On May 9 Alyaksandr Lukashenka was not present at the parade on the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War. According to the official information, the Belarusian leader went back to Minsk on May 8 to celebrate Victory Day in Belarus. However, according to the sources in Moscow, and leading Russian and foreign mass media, Lukashenka was simply driven out from the Russian capital.

“The rumour runs that in reality the situation was more difficult. In fact, Lukashenka has been expelled from Russia. And it was the American side who insisted on that. Its representatives allegedly stated that George Bush does not want to see “dictator Lukashenka” close to him,” the “Moskovskiy Komsomolets” writes.

“Lukashenka’s haste leaving for Minsk was caused by the wish of the Kremlin to avoid a scandal between the hot Belarusian leader and the American leader, who had censured the official Minsk for its policy recently,” the German newspaper “Financial Times Deutschland” wrote.

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