Paval Sieviaryniets is pessimistic about the future of the Belarusian political prisoners. According to him The issue of political prisoners becomes for Europe of secondary importance. In his view, the most important became own interests and attempt to win over Alexander Lukashenka.
– Hence, perhaps, the idea of invitation of Makey to Vilnius. Hence the organization of negotiations. Hence easing stance on the “black list”. I think it will take a few months. The situation is likely to be limited to the Belarusian little playground. Lukashenka is Lukashenka. Europeans from time to time will occasionally remember about Belarus. Political prisoners will be still in prisons. Some will be released. The Article 193 will be introduced. They will begin to persecute believers. They will again start to imprison for political beliefs. They will begin to persecute journalists – said Paval Sieviaryniets.
According to Mr. Sieviaryniets, the European Union has failed to keep face in the current situation. However, the Europeans are not to blame for the low level of democracy and political judgments in the country. Europeans can at most support Belarusians, but all depends on Belarusians, said Paval Sieviaryniets.
Translation by Palitviazni.info