The West flirts with Belorussian dictator Lukashenko

It looks as Washington has lost any hope to instigate the next colour revolution in Belarus 0in this case likely potato revolution) and thus decided to use the carrot instead of the stick

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8004734.stm

The Czech Republic has invited Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to an EU summit next month, despite criticism of his record on human rights.

As current holder of the EU presidency, the Czechs will host the "Eastern Partnership" summit in Prague on 7 May.

But it seems to me that the West underestimes mr.Lukashenko. He is not a simpleton at all.

But Mr Lukashenko previously indicated that he would not attend the summit, even if he were invited, the Czech news agency CTK reported.

The Czech EU presidency said the invitation was made by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg at a meeting with Mr Lukashenko in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Friday.

"Belarus itself will decide who will represent the country at the summit," the Czech official statement said.

I suspect that mr.Lukashenko awaits no less than personal invitation from HM.
 
Washington??? EU-summit?
Are you waiting for the off for your: Czechs/Poles are US-puppets rant?
G'd you are dull...
 

alib

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KGB_resident said:
It looks as Washington has lost any hope to instigate the next colour revolution in Belarus 0in this case likely potato revolution) and thus decided to use the carrot instead of the stick
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It's just struck me the K-Street branding was actually crazily aromatic, like the mad, bad perfume adverts that fade after Xmas.

Considering that Rosey Georgia, Orangey Ukraine and Cedary Lebanon revolutions are now rank with foul stench of abject failure DC's embrace of cynical 21st Century real politik looks rather prudent.
 
Thank you dear friend. You have mentioned the most important point.

para_medic said:
Washington??? EU-summit?

Exactly. Recently mr.Obama urged the EU to accept Turkey. But what is the connection between Washington, Turkey and the EU? It exists. Mr.Obama made his statement bearing in mind strategic geopolitical interests.

para_medic said:
Are you waiting for the off for your: Czechs/Poles are US-puppets rant?

Previously they (I mean the rulers) were Soviet puppets. Now current powerkeepers are American puppets. Big deal.

para_medic said:
G'd you are dull...

Yes, ideed it is a dull business to discuss puppets. But this thread is about mr.Lukashenko who is not 100% Kremlin's puppet, far from it. And any attempts to make him Washington puppet will fail.
 
And why should the West be interested in a little tin pot dictator in an insignificant land, or does Belarus have oil or gas?
 

Ord_Sgt

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KGB_resident said:
Thank you dear friend. You have mentioned the most important point.

para_medic said:
Washington??? EU-summit?

Exactly. Recently mr.Obama urged the EU to accept Turkey. But what is the connection between Washington, Turkey and the EU? It exists. Mr.Obama made his statement bearing in mind strategic geopolitical interests.

para_medic said:
Are you waiting for the off for your: Czechs/Poles are US-puppets rant?

Previously they (I mean the rulers) were Soviet puppets. Now current powerkeepers are American puppets. Big deal.

para_medic said:
G'd you are dull...

Yes, ideed it is a dull business to discuss puppets. But this thread is about mr.Lukashenko who is not 100% Kremlin's puppet, far from it. And any attempts to make him Washington puppet will fail.

Like we care. Czech Republic is only good for whores and weekends on the lash in Prague, even thats expensive these days, and Mr Lukashe... who?
 
alib said:
KGB_resident said:
It looks as Washington has lost any hope to instigate the next colour revolution in Belarus 0in this case likely potato revolution) and thus decided to use the carrot instead of the stick
.../quote]It's just struck me the K-Street branding was actually crazily aromatic, like the mad, bad perfume adverts that fade after Xmas.

Considering that Rosey Georgia, Orangey Ukraine and Cedary Lebanon revolutions are now rank with foul stench of abject failure DC's embrace of cynical 21st Century real politik looks rather prudent.

You mean the Ukraine and Georgia no longer under Russian control, Ukraine in particular having developed a strong political proccess that may be fracturous but certainly gives scope for debate and partisipation, or the Lebanon no longer occupied by Syria? That failure?

Real politik is the doctorine of short term gain for long term pain, and excuse for the easy way out, and the cover for the evil and feeble alike - the latter being the type to sit in their chairs and rank every setback as vindication - feeble people like you, alib It was odious when Carter tried to use it in the 1970s to ram the idea that the the USSR was a 'fact of life', and that we would have to live with the intrinsic injustice it represented, and it's just as odious now.

Lukashenko is a simpleton that even Putin can't stand because he can see his remaining in power isn't sustainable in the long term, and will only invite a backlash far more damaging to Russia's interests than even that of the Ukraine. Lukashenko is only cosying up to the west now because he doesn't want to risk the economic elite of Belarus teaming up with Russia to get rid of him. He pulls the plug on all ties with the EU, it's over for him. He should be sent packing.
 
Drlligaf said:
And why should the West be interested in a little tin pot dictator in an insignificant land, or does Belarus have oil or gas?

Thank you for a good question.

We see now the big geoplitical struggle between Russia and our American friends. Let's recall recent events: the war in Georgia, planned closure of the base in Kyrgtzstan. And why do you think mr.Obama supports Turkish membership in the EU? It would simplify the Nabucco project that potentially could weaken Russia's geopolitical advantages.

So Balarus is important for Washington as a tool for geopolitical pressure against Moscow. Washington tries to stimulate pres.Lukashenko to distance himself from the Kremlin.
 
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