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John Bolton says U.S. should consider ousting Belarus’ Lukashenko to ‘a nice villa on the Riviera’

The U.S. should consider discovering Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko a route out of energy to forestall Russia from making an attempt to reclaim the former Soviet republic, in accordance to John Bolton, former nationwide safety advisor to Donald Trump.

One choice that should be reviewed, Bolton mentioned, can be for President Joe Biden’s administration to discover the authoritarian chief “a nice villa on the Riviera.”

His feedback come as the European Union ramps up efforts to impose sanctions in opposition to Belarus in response to an escalating migrant disaster on the border with EU member Poland.

Thousands of migrants, many from Syria, Yemen and Iraq, have been gathered at the border with Poland in freezing temperatures for a number of weeks.

“I think we’ve all been making a mistake by focusing on Lukashenko’s repression of the opposition’s demonstrations [and] their desire for a free representative government in Belarus, not to say that there is anything that justifies what Lukashenko has done,” Bolton instructed CNBC’s Julianna Tatelbaum on Wednesday.

“The danger is that as the opposition continues to mount its protest, for Lukashenko, if he can’t have an authoritarian government on his own in Belarus, Plan B is to call in the Russians to help. And once that happens, the Belarus people themselves may never have an opportunity to get a free government again.”

“So, our strategy, I think, should be how to get Lukashenko out of power and finding him a nice villa on the Riviera or something like that. [It is] something we ought to consider because if he invites Russia in, I don’t think they are leaving,” Bolton added.

The White House, Belarusian Foreign Ministry and Russian Embassy in London weren’t instantly accessible to remark when contacted by CNBC.

Bolton, who served in the Trump White House for 17 months between 2018 and 2019 and left on fractious phrases, mentioned he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin needs to reclaim Belarusian territory as a part of Russia.

Migrant disaster

Migrants gather on the Belarusian-Polish border in an attempt to cross it at the Bruzgi-Kuznica Bialostocka border crossing in the Grodno Region, Belarus November 15, 2021.

Oksana Manchuk | BelTA | Handout | via Reuters

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the main goal of Belarusian authorities “was suppressing criticism and dissent of Governmental policies.”

The U.S. and the NATO army alliance, in the meantime, have accused Belarus of coordinating migrants at the border to undermine safety, a cost it denies.

Poland’s prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, has accused Putin of masterminding the migrant disaster on the border of Poland and Belarus. Russia’s Putin has denied having something to do with the disaster.

— CNBC’s Elliot Smith contributed to this report.


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