Opposition calls for protest against integration with Russia on December 20

Co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Pavel Seviarynets calls upon people to gather at Kastrychnitskaya Square at 6 p.m. on December 20. On this day in Russia, Alyaksandr Lukashenka plans to meet with Vladimir Putin and continue negotiations on integration. Belsat will broadcast the event live.

The opposition intends to hold a rally in Kastrychnitskaya Square, march along Niamiha and Zybitskaya, as well as to organize a chain of people who care along Independence Avenue. The organizers say they have a special plan, which they will implement in case of obstacles set up by the authorities. However, they are kept secret so that a peaceful protest could take place.

The action will begin at 6 p.m. on December 20. Belsat will broadcast the event live.

On December 7, Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Vladimir Putin discussed the Belarus-Russia integration in Sochi. After the meeting, the heads of the two states declined to comment on the progress and results of negotiations. Only Russian Minister of Economic Development Maxim Oreshkin spoke to the journalists. He said that the parties had worked fruitfully and brought closer their positions in the disputed issues.

In total, 31 road maps for deeper integration have been developed. For the most part, they have reached an agreement. Minsk links the signing of these documents with the solution of key issues of economic cooperation (compensation for tax maneuver, gas price, access to markets). So far, no concrete progress has been made in this direction.

“The Prime Minister has already said there has been developed a position: if our fundamental issues (the supply of hydrocarbons, the proper opening of markets for our goods, removal of barriers, etc.) are not resolved, no road maps can be signed,” said Lukashenka on November 17.