Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, 68, returned to Minsk early after attending the May 9 parade in Moscow’s Red Square this morning. Pictures show that he sits uncomfortable in his chair, and that after the military parade he is the only head of state who did not travel the 300 meters to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on foot, but rather in a golf cart. According to Belarusian political scientist Dmitry Bolkonets, Lukashenko was suitable for the rest of the festivities “for health reasons” and was to be taken to the airport by ambulance.
Lukashenko was invited to the annual Victory Day parade. It commemorates the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. The heads of state and government of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Armenia also attended.
The pictures show how Lukashenko takes a rather uncomfortable seat in the stands. There appears to be a bandage on his right hand. After the parade, Putin is preparing to walk with the heads of state and government to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 300 meters away, when Lukashenko addresses him. Then Putin appears to arrange for the Belarusian president to travel the short distance in a golf cart.
At the grave, Putin turns around and waits for Lukashenko to come out and join the party. Only then does the party begin.
Pictures taken later in the day show that Lukashenko did not attend Putin’s dinner with the heads of state and government present. According to the Belarusian magazine “Nasha Niva”, everything points to health problems. Nor would he have looked good in a face-to-face meeting with Putin.
Belarusian political analyst Dmitry Bolkonets agrees: “Lukashenko could not attend the dinner with the heads of state for health reasons and left Moscow. He was taken to the airport by ambulance.
Lukashenko was also not feeling well last Friday, according to Belarusian human rights website Charter 97. Screenshots of Speech showed him hoarse and wheezing.
Then the Belarusian telegram channel ‘Vyvedka’ reported that his resident relatives had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and influenza. However, Lukashenko did not cancel the event after that. He met the elders, did not wear mouth masks and did not turn away.
Neither Minsk nor Moscow has yet officially commented on the state of health of the President of Belarus.
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