News ID: 274676
Published: 0257 GMT September 25, 2020

EU move not to recognize Lukashenko amounts to meddling in Belarus: Kremlin

EU move not to recognize Lukashenko amounts to meddling in Belarus: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko greet veterans during a ceremony unveiling a World War II memorial to the Soviet Soldier near Rzhev in Tver Region, Russia, on June 30, 2020.

Russia said on Friday that the European Union’s decision not to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus contradicted international law and amounted to indirect meddling in the country.

Lukashenko, in power since 1994, was inaugurated on Wednesday in a private ceremony after weeks of huge protests, Reuters reported.  

He declared a landslide win at an election last month that was marred by vote-rigging allegations he denies.

Russia is a close ally of Belarus and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday that the move not to recognize him would complicate the EU’s dialogue with Belarus, but not affect Belarusian ties with Moscow.

On Thursday, Lukashenko, downplayed the rejection of his inauguration by the EU and the US, according to Press TV.

“They're shouting that they don't recognize us”, but “we never asked anyone to recognize or not recognize our elections, or to recognize the legitimacy of the reelected president or not,” the 66-year-old president said at a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Cui Qiming.

Separately on Thursday, the EU claimed that Lukashenko's inauguration for a sixth term lacked “any democratic legitimacy” and that the bloc was reviewing its relations with Minsk.

Minsk has strongly rejected allegations of vote rigging, with Lukashenko saying that Western governments are seeking to destabilize the ex-Soviet state.

The EU has compiled a list of around 40 individuals it wants to target with sanctions, claiming that they have had roles in alleged vote-rigging and a purported crackdown on anti-government protests. The US has prepared its own sanctions against Minsk.



Resource: Reuters
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