On the evening of August 16, the plane belonging to the President of Georgia carrying the Geogian Ambassador to Belarus, Valery Kvaratskhelia, and a group of Georgian businessmen, flew to Minsk, remained on the tarmac for about an hour, then flew back to Tbilisi. During this hour, onboard the plane, negotiations were held between members of the Georgian delegation and representatives of the President of Belarus. The negotiations focused on the security of the business interests of Georgian entrepreneurs in Belarus and their receipt of specific guarantees. This is especially true of the country’s banking sector, where Georgian business people are very well represented.
Our correspondent turned to David Phurtskhvanidze as a well-known Georgian investigator and the head of Anticrisis Center for Security Problems. He confirmed and shared some exclusive details with us:
“The main question discussed was related to the current political situation and the fate of Lukashenko. The Georgian side, which unofficially represents the interests of the EU, and is a mediator in this process, proposed a package of amendments to the Constitution of Belarus regarding the status and powers of the President, literally copying the Constitution of Georgia, whereby the President becomes a formally nominal figure without any essential rights and powers, and the real head of the country is the Prime Minister.
It is not as yet clear whether Lukashenko will leave the real Presidency for a nominal Presidency. Regardless, it is clear that under such a confluence of circumstances, not only he and the Belarusian people will suffer, but also the interests of Russia, not only as one part of the Union State of the Republic of Belarus, and the Russian Federation, but as a strategic partner with vital facilities in the territory of its allies, including the Naval Communication Center and the “Volga” early warning radar station, and much more … It is difficult to predict how would the Russian president react and when …”