Tikhanovskaya said that she was invited to a meeting with Biden
Former belarusian presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya announced on the air of the Belsat TV channel that she plans to meet with Joe Biden.
“We already have an invitation to such a meeting,” Tikhanovskaya confirmed.
She added that the foreign policy agenda of her headquarters is extensive and includes soon visits to the UK, Norway and countries of Eastern Europe.
The idea to invite Tikhanovskaya to the inauguration of the American president belongs to The Washington Post. “President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. should invite Ms. Tikhanovskaya to his inauguration and meet with her at the White House to show the world that the United States once again supports democracy,” the newspaper suggested.
Living outside Belarus since she was expelled to Lithuania right after the elections, Tikhanovskaya has been actively working to establish contacts with the highest representatives of European countries, bringing them the Belarusian agenda as a representative of her people. She has already met with such world leaders as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Slovak President Zuzana Chaputova, Foreign Ministers of Bulgaria, Austria, Greece and other EU countries, US First Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan, spoke at the Bundestag and the National Assembly of France.
Lukashenko shared 'KGB intelligence reports' with doctors
Alexander Lukashenko, during a meeting with employees of the 6th hospital in Minsk, said that Poland is asking NATO to create a separate army to fight the Belarusian authorities. These data, according to him, he received from the KGB.
Also, according to him, the victory of the revolution in Belarus is the national interest of Poland. This is practically a quote from the statement of the Polish prime minister, Lukashenko claims. According to him, Poland wanted to collapse the economy. According to the information provided to Lukashenko by the special services, the Polish authorities wanted to convince Turkey, Greece, Azerbaijan and Armenia “not to export food because of the danger of the coronavirus.”
Allegedly in September, Poland believed that it was not yet possible to change the situation in Belarus by military forces but has to be ready for it.
Lukashenko explained that he shared this information so that people would understand his mood and actions. According to him, Belarus has something to respond to aggression, including the military.
“We all want sovereignty and independence, but independence is a very expensive thing. If the Belarusian people are ready to maintain this independence, fight for it, no matter what it takes, let’s fight,” Lukashenka said.
Earlier, Lukashenko moved troops to the border with Poland. Then he stated that the opponents wanted to disperse the forces of the Belarusian security forces, “distract them from the internal situation and strain on the external border.”
By the way, while visiting the treatment area for patients with COVID-19 in the hospital today, Lukashenko put on a facemask in public for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.
The state strengthens its participation in the management of the largest enterprises
Authorized representatives of the president for the regions and Minsk will have the right to directly interfere in the management of the country’s largest enterprises.
In accordance with Lukashenko’s decree, such representatives received the right to attend meetings of the governing bodies of city-forming and system-forming economic companies included in the list determined by the Council of Ministers, to make proposals on issues considered at such meetings, to assess the activities of these organizations based on an analysis of the effectiveness of their work.
It is not specified whether it is only about enterprises with state shares or about all without exception.
EDB predicts recovery of Belarusian economy no earlier than 2023
The EAEU countries will begin to overcome the economic crisis caused by the pandemic in 2021. But in Belarus, due to socio-political uncertainty, recovery is expected later, experts from the Eurasian Development Bank said.
According to the bank’s report, GDP is expected to contract by 0.1% next year in Belarus, its volume will reach the pre-crisis level of the fourth quarter of 2019 only in the first half of 2023.
The speed of recovery will be slowed down by limited fiscal reserves, low investment demand and unstable financial condition of the real sector. “Risks to the EDB’s forecast remain elevated and biased towards a worsening of estimates,” the report says.
In an unfavorable scenario, Belarus’ GDP will decline by 0.6%, and the rate of the Belarusian ruble against the USD will exceed 2.7.
Among the risks, experts named tougher sanctions and further weakening of investment activity, non-market lending mechanisms, state support for the real sector of the economy, and uncertainty in the IT sector.
The recovery of GDP to the pre-crisis level of the fourth quarter of 2019 in 2020 will occur only in Kazakhstan. In Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Russia – in the first half of 2022.