TALLINN - Mihhail Lotman, member of the foreign affairs committee of the parliament of Estonia, said on Monday it is obvious that the result of the presidential elections in Belarus was rigged.
"Independent exit polls showed there to be approximately 70 percent support for the opposition's main candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, official surveys showed 79 percent support for incumbent president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. Even if we call into question the accuracy of the independent polls, as these were carried out mainly in towns and cities where the opposition has big support, the opposition should have won also by a conservative estimate," Lotman said.
The MP from Isamaa party said that television coverage of the elections showed to viewers all over the world extremely long queues at polling stations, which have been never seen before in Bearus, as well as people's excitement and opposition to Lukashenko, whereas Lukashenko decided to demonstratively ignore the wish of the voters.
According to Lotman, Estonia, just like other democratic countries, has two interests when it comes to the situation in Belarus.
"Without interfering in the internal affairs of Belarus, Estonia is interested in the preservation of the independence of Belarus and the ensuring of human rights, which include the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly, and fair elections," he said.
"Lukashenko is playing a dangerous game where the stakes are not just his personal power, but also the national independence of Belarus," Lotman added.