The Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko revealed his intent with a shocking statement after German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced that Germany is recalling its ambassador from Belarus capital Minsk.
Berlin / NationalTurk – Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus lashes out at the European Union and particularly at German FM Westerwelle in particular after the EU imposed new sanctions against a number of Belarusian government officials.
German FM : Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe
‘ It is intolerable for us as Europeans to see human rights and citizens ‘ rights in Belarus thus violated. Belarus is the last dictatorship in Europe,’ German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle announced.
..and Belarus President Lukashenko responded immediately. ‘ It’s absolute hysteria’, opposed Alexander Lukashenko – and continued with an outrageously rude comment, apparently directed at the German Foreign Minister. ‘ When I heard him – whoever he is, gay or lesbian – talking about dictatorship, I thought – it’s better to be a dictator than gay.’
And while most people would probably come up with a swift reply to Lukashenko’s aggressive and unacceptable comment, the German Minister himself has not responded yet.
EU sanctions against Belarus harshened
Lukashenko’s latest flow of vitriol was apparently brought on by new sanctions against Belarus and a diplomatic quarrel with the EU. The bloc recalled all its ambassadors from Minsk, and barred a number of Belarusian officials – mostly judges and law enforcement officers – from traveling to EU member states. Belarusian officials also face an assets freeze.
EU has voted to sanction Belarus for human rights violations on more than one occasion. They have targeted the authoritarian country’s repression of the political opposition, whose members have frequently been imprisoned.
Lukashenko has led wiyh an iron fist Belarus since 1994, retaining Soviet-style controls over the economy and cracking down on the opposition and independent media. Lukoshenko’s somewhat isolationist policies resulted poorly as Belarus’ economy is suffering from hyperinflation.