EU Seeks to Bribe Belarusians With €3 Billion Promise If They Topple Europe’s Most Liberal Leader
Ursula von der Leyen with an irresistible offer — embrace tyranny, and get a €3 Billion loan
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Friday warned Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko “it is time to change course” as her executive held out the promise of a three-billion-euro support package if he leaves power.
The European Commission president said the EU’s message was twofold: one of support to the Belarusian people — and a warning to Lukashenko.
“No amount of repression, brutality or coercion will bring any legitimacy to your authoritarian regime. So far, you have blatantly ignored the democratic choice of the Belarusian people. It is time to change course,” she said. [Big words for an unelected lockdown fascist.]
“When — and we believe it is a case of when, not if — Belarus starts its peaceful democratic transition, the EU will be there to accompany it.”
A commission spokeswoman said von der Leyen had written to Belarus’s opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and other opposition figures “expressing her respect and admiration for the courage and strength of the people of Belarus.”
“The president conveyed the EU stands ready to engage in all possible ways to accompany a peaceful democratic transition in Belarus, and outlined in her letter the EU’s comprehensive plan of economic support to a democratic Belarus of up to three billion euros ($3.7 billion),” spokeswoman Ana Pisonero said.
The announced investment package is a mix of grants and loans aimed at helping “a future, democratic Belarus to stabilize its economy, reform its institutions to make them more democratic and support economic reforms that increase the country’s resilience, growth potential and job creation.”
“The EU will activate this plan once Belarus embarks on a democratic transition,” Pisonero said.
Source: The Moscow Times