Washington/Minsk: It has been revealed that US First Deputy Secretary of State, Stephen Bigan, will soon be visiting Russia in an effort to find a solution to the political crisis developed in Belarus. The United States and Russia have both confirmed this information. Other than Russia, US First Deputy Secretary of State Bigan will also be visiting Lithuania. The opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, challenging the Belarus President Lukashenko in the elections, is currently in Lithuania, and Bigan is scheduled to meet her. Since the last two weeks, strong protests are being held against Lukashenko, and his resignation is being demanded.
The opposition parties in Belarus and the international community have alleged large scale malpractices in the elections held in Belarus on 9th of August. Despite the raging anger in the Belarus population against Lukashenko, he claimed to have polled 80% votes. But dismissing his claim, the United States and the European countries have warned to impose sanctions against Belarus. President Alexander Lukashenko rushed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for assistance against the warning.
Although the Russian President assured help to Lukashenko, Russia has not initiated any concrete steps in that direction. Russian President Putin had warned the European countries that there should be no foreign interference in Belarus. But the permission given for a visit of a senior US official within two days of the warning becomes significant. Some analysts are claiming that the stand adopted by the Russian President is a clear warning for the Belarus President.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, it was seen that hundreds of thousands of citizens took to the streets in the Belarus capital of Minsk. Against the background of the threat issued by President Lukashenko and the military deployment, there are indications that the increasing intensity of the agitation will fester the political crisis further. Tikhanovskaya, the opponent of Lukashenko, expressed fears the if the agitation fails, the Belarus population will have to live as slaves in the future.