Five European countries refuse to recognize Lukashenko's legitimacy

Source : 112 Ukraine

His "secret inauguration" was called illegitimate and contradictory to democratic principles
17:30, 23 September 2020

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko

Authorities of Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, and Estonia have not recognized Alexander Lukashenko as head of the Republic of Belarus. The relevant statements have been posted on Twitter.

"Lukashenko is responsible for the presidential elections in Belarus which were neither free nor fair. Slovakia supports the citizens of Belarus," Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok said.

In his turn, Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu called Lukashenko's inauguration illegitimate and contradictory to democratic principles.

"Today's illegitimate inauguration of Lukashenko goes against all principles of democracy. Lukashenko has clearly lost his mandate. We call upon free and fair elections for people of Belarus to get the president they deserve," stated the Estonian minister.

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Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevics said that Alexander Lukashenko's "secret inauguration" did not give legitimacy to the election and his status as head of state.

A spokesman for the German Cabinet Steffen Seibert said that the German government continued considering the results of the presidential election in Belarus illegitimate.

"The federal government regrets that European leaders have failed to agree on a sanctions list against the Belarusian authorities," he noted.

As we reported earlier, all heads of the Foreign Ministries of the EU countries recognized the presidential elections in Belarus falsified.

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