Athletic: Elizegi denies Alkorta and now says that it was Llorente who offered himself to Athletic

A new version of the ‘Llorente case’. The president of Athletic, Aitor Elizegi, denied this Thursday his sports director, Rafa Alkorta, who on Tuesday acknowledged that the day before he had started a negotiation with the Rioja striker to sign him. “That’s a lie,” the top rojiblanco leader has now assured questions from journalists in a surprising press conference. Elizegi has maintained that the club did not contact or negotiate with Llorente, only spoke with him at the request of the footballer himself. According to his account, it was the player from Rincón de Soto, who has a contract with Napoli, who “knocked on the door” of the club to return, and not the opposite as indicated by the sports director. Rafa Alkorta explained just two days ago that it had been important footballers in the first squad who had asked for the signing of Llorente on Monday morning, who had previously been consulted about his willingness to land in Bilbao and the salary he would be willing to charge. The sports director also acknowledged that he himself had spoken with the former world champion in South Africa, with whom he is very close friends, and that it was the board of directors that pushed back the hiring due to “lack of consensus.”

Nothing to do with what the head of the club explained this Thursday. “The doors of Ibaigane do not slam on anyone”, “we listen to everyone who knocks on our door”, insisted Elizegi, tense and distant in his answers – on up to three occasions he has urged journalists to reformulate their questions-. The president wanted to emphasize that Athletic has signed the player who was a «priority for the club», alluding to Álex Berenguer. And that an offer was also presented for Javi Martínez. Despite the insistence of journalists, the rojiblanco president has avoided clarifying how contacts with Llorente were reversed and if there was division in the board of directors. Nor has it clarified whether he agreed to the hiring of the forward, who turns 36 in February.

The president did confirm that several footballers had demanded the incorporation of Llorente. “We listen to our players.” «I do not know the opinion of all of them (the footballers), only of some. I know that of my managers, which is very important. It is the important one and the one that looks after the club, “insisted Elizegi. Faced with the uproar unleashed in recent days, the president claimed his role and that of the board in recent months: “Six months tried to get the team out of descent and eight months governing with a global pandemic,” he reiterated in reference to the health crisis and economic caused by Covid.

As the rojiblanco president has reiterated, the sports management has been pending these months of the summer market of the possible reinforcements of Athletic. “The management explores all the possibilities it has in the summer market to strengthen itself, and puts them on the table, and they are valued.” Of all these possibilities there was one, Berenguer, “in which we all agreed, and that player is with us,” Elizegi stressed, explaining that the ‘Llorente case’ was not something that had been raised in the list of reinforcement. In fact, he recalled that in the press conference prior to the match against Alavés, Gaizka Garitano closed the door to possible incorporations after the arrival of the Torino footballer. «On Saturday Garitano declared the arrival of more players canceled, I was in Lezama. So I don’t know who activates the operation, the club doesn’t and neither does Gaizka, of course. On Saturday with Gaizka we considered the market closed ”, the Athletic president has settled, leaving in the air the question of how the frustrated option of signing Llorente on Monday, on the last market day, had arisen.

The response has been more surprising and disconcerting if one takes into account what Rafa Alkorta had explained on Tuesday. “There was no movement from the club towards this player on Monday,” Elizegi reaffirmed. “It is not true,” he insisted, “but be careful, this club talks to the player, but does not initiate a negotiation with him.” At this moment of the press conference, Elizegi’s words have turned his eyes to Fernando Llorente’s surroundings as the promoter of the contacts, since the rojiblanco maximum president has said that “You have to respect anyone who knocks on Athletic’s door, you won’t see a door slam.”

The turn of events has left a doubt and a question in the air. Rafa Alkorta acknowledged that it had been the players or some of them who had activated the Llorente option but from the directive the opposite message is sent, what happened on Monday. At this point, the sporting director has reacted to a question and stated that “I said they called me, I didn’t say they started anything”, regarding the incidence of the Athletic squad players on the Llorente issue. Here the president has taken up the floor and in a conciliatory gesture with his footballers, has assured that «The players have an opinion about a respectable workmate, thankfully they have the ability to share it with the club, and the club acts accordingly. With all the players, we had a summer market on the table, and the player we all wanted was Berenguer, we all wanted him, and he’s at home «.

For the rest, Elizegi has defended Garitano –“The squad we have and how they have bet on those players, in their hands are great players and that is the job of our coach, those trusts between young and old” –, has praised the work of its board of directors and has closed ranks around its coach and sports director. «The club is still strong and trusts its professionals. There is a direction and a vision of what happens, a single direction around Rafa and Gaizka, I see a consensus in Lezama that I haven’t seen for a long time.

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ELA rejects the adjustments in Iberdrola and demands its own negotiation process in Euskadi and Navarra

He SHE union It has rejected the adjustments announced in Iberdrola and has demanded its own negotiation process in Euskadi and Navarra, according to sources from this union center have informed Europa Press.

ELA has referred, in this way, to the announcement of Iberdrola that it has made to the unions an adjustment of around 1,500 jobs, around 15% of its workforce in Spain, which will mean the departure of 1,400 employees, and a cut in some of the current working conditions currently, as the free electricity rate for employees by the company, within the open negotiation process for the new collective agreement of the company.

These proposals were raised by the company’s management at the beginning of the negotiations, so they represent a starting point in a process that could be extended in time until a final decision.

SHE, majority union in the company in Euskadi and has a representative in the inter-center committee, has explained that in the first meeting of the negotiating table the company made this approach, which, in his opinion, has no “justification” because its results “have been good”

For this reason, he has affirmed that they do not agree with what the company proposes because, in his opinion, “he has neither feet nor head”. On the other hand, ELA, which has already entered its platform in the company, has demanded its own negotiation process in Euskadi and Navarra, a request that the rest of the members at the table have not accepted.

He too UGT syndicate He has shown his discomfort because he understands that the negotiation of this agreement is not transcendent “as long as the health situation remains in the current uncertainty.” They have also indicated that it would be “difficult to understand” a proposal to reduce salary costs when “the company is at maximum profit.”

At the end of last year, Iberdrola’s workforce in Spain amounted to almost 9,600 employees, of them about 2,000 in the Basque Country-. According to ‘El Confidencial’, of the total workforce of the energy company, 3,300 workers are over 51 years of age.

On September 10, the energy company communicated the denunciation of the current collective agreement, valid until December 31, to immediately begin negotiations for what will be its eighth agreement. Negotiations between the unions and the company began on October 6.

In these negotiations, the unions have also put in place conditions ranging from salary increases between 1.5% and 3.7%, fixed and consolidable, to an additional increase linked to results between 1.5% and 3.25%.

Further, workers’ representatives have proposed a reduction in annual working hours (1,670 hours) of up to 7%, as well as the granting of a new seniority pay and a pay for signing the agreement and a pension plan with 100% company contribution for all employees.

Likewise, they request an extension of the health policy for all employees’ relatives, an increase in vacation days linked to years of seniority, as well as more flexible working hours and improvements in work-life balance and leave.

According to sources familiar with the negotiations, the estimated cost of the proposals from the different unions ranges from an increase of 20% -60% during the agreement, which is usually valid for 4 years.

Last July, the energy company presented a net profit of 1,845 million euros in the first half of the year, which represents an increase of 12.2% compared to the same period last year, and reaffirmed its earnings growth estimates for 2020 at ‘medium / high single digit’ levels, as well as its remuneration policy for its employees. shareholders, despite the still uncertain environment due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Botín denies government pressure for Banco Santander to rescue the Popular

The president of Banco Santander, Ana Patricia Botín, clarified this Thursday that she did not intervene in the acquisition of Banco Popular by her entity in June 2017; an operation that materialized for a symbolic price of one euro in view of the serious problems that led to intervening in the entity. This was indicated this Thursday by the executive in her statement as a witness before the judge of the National Court José Luis Calama. In a four-hour presentation, he denied that he received pressure from the Government – then chaired by Mariano Rajoy – for Santander to go to the previous purchase process in 2017.

Although Botín has indicated that they did not receive any pressure to take over the entity, he did explain that he spoke with the then Minister of Economy and today Vice President of the ECB, Luis de Guindos, who conveyed his concern about the situation of Popular and for ask her about how she saw him.

Prior to this call, they had already held a general meeting taking advantage of the fact that they coincided at the end of May 2017 at the Bilderberg Club in Chantilly, Virginia (USA). However, it has affected that he did not receive calls either from the former president of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV) Sebastián Albella, nor from the president of the Single Resolution Board (JUR), Elke König.

In her statement at the National Court, Botín has shielded herself as president and insisted that it was her subordinates who developed the entire process, according to legal sources. His testimony as a witness was already scheduled in the case investigating the fall of Banco Popular.

Ana Botín has clarified that in 2016, when Popular launched a capital increase of 2,500 million euros, he received a call from the then president of the entity, Ángel Ron (accused in the case) to ask him if he was interested in buying the bank, but at that time they decided not to.

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Cuban doctors kidnapped in Kenya could not be rescued

When major news agencies reported on Wednesday that two Cuban doctors kidnapped by Al Shabab in Kenya in 2019 had been released, both Nairobi and Havana were quick to deny the information.

The Cuban embassy in Kenya said it was fake news. The Cuban Foreign Ministry denied the news in a statement posted on its website. Somali Foreign Minister Ahmed Ise Awas told the Somali Voice Of America (VOA) radio service that the release had not occurred.

It was unclear the whereabouts of the doctors on Wednesday.

The EFE news agency reported the release of Cuban doctors Assel Herrera and Landy Rodríguez, kidnapped in Kenya by Al Shabab jihadists since April 2019, based on a source from the Somali intelligence services (NISA), that agency reported.

After the governments’ denial, a senior NISA official told EFE that the operation to deliver the doctors was scheduled for October 4, but that it had been frustrated at the last minute by “a leak” that paralyzed the ” safe transfer ”of the Cubans, as reported by that news agency.

“We had the transfer plan [de los rehenes] but someone inside NISA spoke ahead of time, “the source involved in the release negotiations told EFE under anonymity.

The Associated Press for its part reported that a senior Somali intelligence official told that agency on condition of anonymity that the doctors had been released over the weekend after months of negotiations. The official, who was not authorized to release information to the press, declined to give further details, the AP reported.

Several sources told the AP that Somali intelligence, at the request of Cuba, had negotiated the release of the doctors after obtaining a life certificate, the agency reported.

Recently, the Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, had reported efforts with his Somali counterpart, Ahmed Isse Awad, for the doctors to be returned. The chancellor he said in a tweet on Monday thanking the Somali government for its help “to ensure the safe return” of the doctors. The message was very similar to others issued by the Cuban Foreign Minister, the ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel or the island’s Minister of Health, José Ángel Portal Miranda.

Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, said after the reports on Wednesday that “huge efforts continue to be made to ensure the release and safe return to the homeland” of the doctors.

Kidnapped since 2019

Landy Rodríguez is a surgeon, a native of Villa Clara, in the center of the island, and Assel Herrera is a specialist in general medicine, residing in eastern Cuba. Both were part of a medical mission deployed in Kenya since 2018, in the midst of a strike by Kenyan doctors asking for improvements to their working conditions.

His captors have shown no evidence that the doctors are still alive, but Mohamed Moalin, a tax collector in the areas dominated by Al Shabab in central and southern Somalia, told EFE that the jihadist group was treating Rodríguez and Herrera as “hostages. of war”.

Cuba is considered by Al Shabab as an “enemy of Islam” for its support for Ethiopia in the conflict it fought with Somalia between 1977 and 1978 in the dispute over Ogaden, an Ethiopian region with a Somali population, according to EFE reports.

The vehicle in which the Cubans were traveling was intercepted in April 2019 in the city of Mandera, in northeast Kenya, near the border with Somalia. The specialists were caught in a shootout in which one of the bodyguards who guarded them died on their journey through the dangerous area, the target of numerous jihadist attacks. After the abduction, Cuba relocated its doctors to regions further away from the border.

Kenya had difficulties sending national doctors to that region due to the dangerous area, where attacks by Al Shabaab are frequent to pressure the Kenyan government to withdraw its troops from Somalia.

In November 2018, 23-year-old Italian aid worker Silvia Costanza Romano was kidnapped by armed men in the town of Chakama, near the tourist coastal city of Malindi (east). To date, his whereabouts are unknown despite searches by the army.

Cuba exports the services of its medical professionals and keeps most of the wages that countries pay for doctors.

This news was complemented by reports from the El Nuevo Herald cable agencies.

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Montaña Central Leonesa refuses to “mortgage the mountains” to build wind farms

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa holds a meeting with entities opposed to the projects of wind farms for the Mountain of León. In the image, the president of the platform, Esther Domínguez. / Campillo / ICAL

Miriam Badiola / ICAL
| 09/27/2020 – 1:05 p.m.

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa showed once again this Sunday its rejection of the wind farm projects for that area, considering that “they do not want to mortgage the mountains or replace their economic use by a monopoly of multinationals who want exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “, according to one of its representatives, Sergio Díez.

This was pointed out by the representative of the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa during the celebration in Pedrún de Torío of a meeting of 25 groups and entities of the province, from different areas, both social, educational, sports and ecological that have decided to join together to “be able to work together against the installation of wind projects in the Leonese mountain” and that in today’s meeting they decided to “set a roadmap to work together”.

“We are not against wind energy, it seems very necessary to us, but in addition to being renewable we remember that it also has to be sustainable, for which it has to be an energy that cannot be located anywhere, but has to cause a minimum impact on the environment “, explained Sergio Diez, while pointing out that” the mountain areas in which the macro-wind farms are projected are not the ideal ones “, which is why” they have generated a rejection in the population very important”.

Campillo / ICAL

For this reason, he considered it “essential” that the administrations “take into account that if these projects do not arise from the inhabitants themselves, the territory must be very aware that they are multinationals that come to plunder the resources in some way”, which is why that “they do not have the approval of the inhabitants.”

An approval that is not available because, according to the representative of the Platform, “what is not wanted is to mortgage the mountains, one of the main values ​​that we have, during the 30 years that the concessions of the parks “, since in addition” the areas are used as economic use at the level of pastures, livestock and other types of activities such as tourism, which today generates a fabric that is true that it is small and should be promoted “, but” very diverse “which” is not to be replaced by a monopoly of multinationals that want to exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “.

Diez recalled that “there are many cases at the national level and in the province of León itself of what this type of monopolies mean in the end the day that companies decide to close and disappear because they are no longer profitable”, so that “the inhabitants become they are once again in an empty territory and without resources “and” they would throw away the last 15 years in which they are working to diversify the economic offer “.

For all these reasons, Sergio Diez set his sights on the actions taken by the Platform at the moment in which the administrative process of the wind farm projects begins in order to present allegations. For this reason, from the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa, informative talks are being held in different parts of the province, while keeping an eye on these deadlines to start legal processes.

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Montaña Central Leonesa refuses to “mortgage the mountains” to build wind farms

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa holds a meeting with entities opposed to the wind farm projects for the Mountain of León. In the image, the president of the platform, Esther Domínguez. / Campillo / ICAL

Miriam Badiola / ICAL
| 09/27/2020 – 1:05 p.m.

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa showed once again this Sunday its rejection of the wind farm projects for that area, considering that “they do not want to mortgage the mountains or replace their economic use by a monopoly of multinationals who want exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “, according to one of its representatives, Sergio Díez.

This was pointed out by the representative of the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa during the celebration in Pedrún de Torío of a meeting of 25 groups and entities of the province, from different fields, both social, educational, sports and ecological that have decided to unite to “be able to work together against the installation of wind projects in the Leonese mountain” and that in today’s meeting they decided to “set a roadmap to work together”.

“We are not against wind energy, it seems very necessary to us, but in addition to being renewable we remember that it also has to be sustainable, for which it has to be an energy that cannot be located anywhere, but rather has to cause a minimum impact on the environment “, explained Sergio Diez, while pointing out that” the mountain areas in which the macro-wind farms are projected are not the ideal ones “, which is why” they have generated a rejection in the population very important”.

Campillo / ICAL

For this reason, he considered it “essential” that the administrations “take into account that if these projects do not arise from the inhabitants themselves, the territory must be very aware that they are multinationals that come to plunder the resources in some way”, which is why that “they do not have the approval of the inhabitants.”

An approval that is not available because, according to the representative of the Platform, “what is not wanted is to mortgage the mountains, one of the main values ​​that we have, during the 30 years that the concessions of the parks “, since in addition” the areas are used as economic use at the level of pastures, livestock and other types of activities such as tourism, which today generates a fabric that is true that it is small and should be promoted “, but” very diverse “which” is not to be replaced by a monopoly of multinationals that want to exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “.

Diez recalled that “there are many cases at the national level and in the province of León itself of what in the end this type of monopolies suppose the day that companies decide to close and disappear because they are no longer profitable”, so that “the inhabitants They are once again in an empty territory and without resources “and” they would throw away the last 15 years in which they are working to diversify the economic offer “.

For all this, Sergio Diez set his sights on the actions taken by the Platform at the time the administrative process of the wind farm projects begins in order to present allegations. For this reason, from the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa, informative talks are being held in different parts of the province, while keeping an eye on these deadlines to start the legal processes.

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Kit Harington denies Jon Snow: “The world doesn’t need more male roles like that”

The actors are born chameleons, to the point that, seen from the outside, they can give the feeling of being deeply ungrateful towards the roles that have made them famous. It happened with Harrison Ford and his disgust towards the character of Han Solo in ‘Star Wars’ or Sean Connery towards James Bond. The latest to join this list of artists who deny their famous ‘alters ego’ is Kit Harington, better known as Jon Snow, one of the protagonists of the famous series ‘Game of Thrones’.

Now that his days in Winterfell, the imaginary kingdom where he was lord and master, are over, Harington has assured in statements to the newspaper ‘The Telegraph’, that “The world doesn’t need more male roles like that”, referring to Jon Snow, Snow in English. The actor is immersed in the promotion of the second season of ‘Criminal’, the hit Netflix series focused on police interrogations of psychopaths and various criminals.

A very different role from the one we are usually used to seeing in the case of Harrington, who, how could it be otherwise, had specialized in swashbuckling heroes characters. In a way, he noticed that he had typecast himself so he does not want to reprise those roles in the future. And he blames them for being so popular, especially among male audiences, because «Emotionally men have a problem, a blockage, and that block comes from the Second World War, is transmitted from grandparents to parents and children. We don’t talk about how we feel because it shows weakness, because it is not masculine.

For all this, it is highly unlikely that we will see Jon Snow return to Winterfell in a hypothetical, and almost ruled out, sequel to ‘Game of Thrones’. Especially if they continue to offer him roles such as ‘Criminal’ where he wears current clothes without being wrapped in a layer of thick animal skin, something that his many fans will miss.

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The Venezuelan opposition rejects Maduro’s strategy

The opposition to the Nicolás Maduro regime lists the pardon of more than a hundred prisoners and critical congressmen decreed on Monday by the Venezuelan government as a maneuver aimed at simulating parliamentary elections free of corruption.

Although the Executive argues that the main objective of the amnesty is a “national reconciliation” that leaves the pardoned free to run in the elections on December 6, the main opposition leaders view the decision with disbelief and resentment. Among them is the interim president, recognized by more than 50 countries, and head of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, who considered the release as a “trap” to legitimize the electoral “farce.” “The regime released hostages, and thereby recognized a long list of political prisoners and persecuted, proof that it is a dictatorship,” he told the media yesterday. The opposition emphasizes that many of those pardoned had not even been tried to date.

Some of the 110 amnestied have even spoken, such as deputies in exile Richard Blanco and Américo de Grazia, who yesterday rejected the decree. “Neither Maduro is president, nor am I a criminal. If you want to contribute to the peace of Venezuela, pardon the country from the usurpation of power, “said Grazia through Twitter in relation to the president. Other charges denounced that the president does not have the “legitimacy” to forgive those who would not have committed any crime.

The government, however, denies that the pardon is a strategy. According to the Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez, Venezuela seeks to resolve its own issues and that countries such as the United States or Colombia, whose leaders it once again accused of a recent attempt at “armed invasion,” do not intervene.

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The CEOE rejects ERTEs by sectors and with incentives

The negotiation for the new extension of the ERTEs has already begun and it is beginning to be known where the great obstacles will be to reach the agreement. Although the date of the new extension will be the subject of debate, where the greatest differences are predicted will be in limiting or not ERTE to certain sectors and in the aid distribution system. The CEOE rejects the initial proposal that the Government has to end the current generalized ERTEs to focus them on the sectors most affected by the pandemic, mainly all activities related to tourism, leisure and culture.

“It is very difficult to divide by sectors, because everything is intertwined,” said the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi, in a television interview on Monday. Garamendi explained that when talking about tourism, it is not necessary to refer only to airlines or agencies, but also to other sectors such as fireworks factories, maintenance of hotel air conditioners, the food and beverage sector, dry cleaners … «What It will be necessary to see how a system is managed so that no one is left behind, “he said.

The unions are also not convinced by the intention of the Executive to sectoralize the ERTEs, since with the current sectoral delimitation in the country, a definition that guarantees that 100% of the companies with difficulties can be in greater ERTE is very difficult, as explained Pepe Álvarez, general secretary of the UGT, who advocated leaving an “open door” in case there is a company or sector that needs it.

The Government maintains that the majority of the almost 800,000 workers who continue with suspended employment are related to tourism and leisure activities and that is why it can be established which sectors are those that need these aid. In addition, he argues that for companies that find themselves in difficulties as a result of a worsening of the pandemic, they can benefit from the so-called ERTE for regrowth, which have better exemptions and which in this case do not want to put a time limit.

New three-month term?

All parties are aware that the term of the new extension will be used as a bargaining chip and the CEOE advocates extending it until June 2021, but it is most likely that the same trend will be followed as until now: three more months and then return to negotiate, something that the UGT looks favorably on. “Every three months we have been seeing what we should do, locating the needs of that moment. For this reason, it is important that we go until December and be able to do the analysis of the pandemic and the economic situation there, “said Pepe Álvarez, secretary general of the UGT, in a television interview on Monday.

Thus, the other stumbling block in the negotiation will be in the design of the distribution of aid. Employers refuse to maintain the current mixed system that exonerates the company with a higher percentage of the contributions of the workers it reinstates than those it maintains in ERTE and they demand that all resources be devoted to the “companies that need it most”, those that are closed or have a real demand problem. “Those who can hire do not need help, the company that cannot hire needs it,” said Garamendi.

However, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, defended this Monday this aid model that rewards workers who rejoin to a greater extent and advocated maintaining it. This was stated in an interview on TVE. “We are willing to extend the ERTE but, what we want is to continue with the reactivation of these jobs,” he said. And he explained that the current “debate” on this issue focuses on protecting workers and “providing incentives” for reactivation. In the president’s opinion, one should not fall into a “kind of hibernation” because that ultimately leads to a loss of employment.

Where there is a general consensus to maintain the current amount of the benefit: 70% of the regulatory base, for which changes will have to be made in the current law, which reduces it to 50% for those who have been unemployed for more than six months.

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Lukashenko assures that he will not leave or repeat the elections

Although Alexander Lukashenko is considered a “political corpse” in Russian power circles, the Belarusian dictator does not intend to give up. Yesterday he closed ranks with his own at a rally next to the seat of the Government, refused to surrender power and repeat the elections and resorted to the hackneyed staging, so aided by despots, of presenting Belarus as a fortress besieged by terrible enemies. Lukashenko stirred up the specter of an alleged NATO intervention against his country and, in a new wave of alarmist affectation, he again phoned President Vladimir Putin to ask him for help again.

During a rally held this Sunday amid massive security measures in Minsk’s Independence Square, next to the Government House, Lukashenko said that “not even dead will I allow someone to hand over our country.” He declared that “repeating the elections as demanded by Lithuania, Latvia and, unfortunately, our beloved Ukraine, would mean the death of Belarus as a State and as a Nation, we would fall into a tailspin.”

There were about 3,000 people in the square, many of them arriving in buses specially chartered by the authorities, according to several videos broadcast by the opposition on social networks. “I have not called you to defend me, but also, but to defend our country, its independence, our families, wives, sisters and daughters,” Lukashenko pronounced before those present.

He also affirmed that “there are tanks and planes within a 15-minute flight from our border. NATO troops creak their tank tracks outside our door. ‘ “They propose a new government to us and they have already formed it abroad, two even, and they cannot agree on which of them will govern us. But we need ours and we will form it, “he stressed.

Russian political scientist Valeri Solovei believes that “Lukashenko has lost all legitimacy. Trying to do something to retain power seems to be futile. ‘ Solovéi estimates that yesterday’s rally “means adding fuel to the fire and causing more irritation to society.” In his opinion, what he should do is “open up to the population, apologize, start a negotiation process with the opposition and reach a compromise.” “Continuing to do what his technologists, possibly Russian, advise him has stopped making sense.” noted, quoted by Echo Moscow radio.

Calls to Putin

After his telephone conversation with Putin on Saturday, Lukashenko called the head of the Kremlin again. In the statement from the Russian Presidency released through its website, it is stated that “both leaders ratified their willingness to react jointly to the worsening of the situation in terms of external threats in accordance with the provisions of the State Union Treaty and , if necessary, through the Collective Security Treaty Organization (ODKB in its acronym in Russian).

This defensive treaty was signed by Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Putin and Lukashenko spoke again, according to the note, about the current situation in Belarus and “the pressure that is being exerted on the republic from abroad.” On Saturday, after the first telephone conversation between the two leaders after the crisis broke out, Lukashenko assured that Putin promised him that, if requested, “he will guarantee the security of Belarus.”

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