Lukashenko has faced demonstrations since his controversial re-election in August, but he systematically refused to negotiate with his opponents, his only concession being a vague project that includes a constitutional reform that should slightly reduce his privileges as head of state.
In his interview with the Russian media, he also insisted that he does not want to resign under pressure. “I am not a coward, I am not afraid. I did not run away and I will not run away. And my children are not going anywhere either,” he said.
In the meantime, almost all important opposition figures have been arrested or forced into exile in the course of the last few weeks.