Belarus's Lukashenko not afraid of 'color' revolutions

There will be no "color" revolutions in Belarus, the country's president, Alexander Lukashenko, said on Tuesday.

His announcement came after he had revealed that deposed Kyrgyz president Kurmanbek Bakiyev had taken refuge in Belarus.

"When people say today that Kyrgyzstan is a signal...this is ridiculous," Lukashenko said in his annual state-of-the-nation address.

"There are no fences around either the government or presidential [offices]. Haven't you noticed?" he said, adding "we are not afraid people will begin storming government buildings."

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev suggested last week that events in Kyrgyzstan could be repeated in other former Soviet republics if their leaders followed similar policies.

"In relation to the possibility of similar scenarios in ex-Soviet states or other countries - everything is possible in this world, if people are not happy with the authorities, if the authorities do not make efforts to support their people," Medvedev said at a news conference after a BRIC summit in Brazil.

The opposition took power in Kyrgyzstan two weeks ago amid large-scale anti-government demonstrations that saw more than 80 people killed in clashes with police. Bakiyev fled to Kazakhstan before moving onto Belarus.

MOSCOW, April 20 (RIA Novosti)


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