Belarusian Telegraph Agency
May 7, 2021
Lukashenko names conditions for early presidential election in Belarus
MINSK – Belarus will hold early presidential election only if the United States does the same, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he spoke to the media on 7 May, BelTA has learned.
“I am all for it. I am saying it publicly. I am for the election they demand. I will get over, though we are independent and sovereign. I am ready to do this simultaneously with the United States. As soon as the United States calls early presidential election, we will call the election in Belarus the same day,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
The head of state recalled how the election campaign was held in the United States: people voted by mail, ballots cast for Donald Trump were discarded. These facts were made public. “They wiped their feet on the then incumbent president. They still do not allow him on Twitter. They blocked his account there long time ago. What kind of freedom of speech is that?” the president asked a rhetorical question.
The EU countries criticize the Belarusian authorities for excessive use of force during the protests. Aleksandr Lukashenko recalled the live footage of the murder of one of the protesters in the United States. “Why did they shoot the woman? How many were killed?” asked the head of state. He also recalled last year’s detention of George Floyd in Minneapolis: a police officer stepped on his throat, crushing his vertebrae and strangling him. “We all saw it,” the president added.
“I do not mean to say that the police officers in the United States have acted wrong in protecting Parliament, the stronghold of American democracy. So why then do they say that we acted wrong in defending our country? And after that they dare tell us to hold the early election. I will repeat: I am for it. Together with the United States: they did more wrong. We are still waiting for the European Union to give us its opinion on what happened in the United States. Why do the Europeans, such Democrats, keep quiet? Because they have skeletons in their closet, too,” said Aleksandr Lukashenko.
French President Emmanuel Macron said “It is an absolutely different story, we have democracy here” as he compared the actions of law enforcement officers in his country during the crackdown on protests with the events in Belarus. “Imagine these statements at such a level,” added the Belarusian leader.
“We can hold this election. The United States will never agree on re-election. We are ready to do this any day, as soon as they call an early election in the United States. Everything should be fair. I cannot easily imagine us voting by mail. No way we would have been allowed to do this, we would not even have had time to conduct the vote. They would not have just wiped their feet on us, they would have destroyed us. And yet, they can act like this. These are not double standards, it is a war to strangle, kill, destroy us. Because we did not obey them, did not submit to them. This is not because we are such heroes. This is because it is against our interests: we do not want to walk under someone else’s whip anymore. That is the policy I am pursuing. I have promised to do this and I will do it.
Belarusian Telegraph Agency
May 7, 2021
Belarusian government concerned about U.S. ambassador’s status
MINSK – Before the appointed ambassador of the United States of America arrives in Belarus, it is necessary to clearly define in what status and with what authority she intends to work, BelTA learned from Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei.
The official said: “We need to see a clear picture regarding in what status the appointed ambassador intends to arrive in Belarus.” He believes that it is necessary to determine whether she will come with love for the country, with a desire to sincerely get to the bottom of the situation or whether she will come with feelings based only on statements of the opposition. It is also important whether the ambassador intends to work with the official government understanding the need to advance relations between nations or not.
In turn, Vladimir Makei assured that Belarus would like to see normal, forward-thinking, equal relations with the USA, relations that favor political, humanitarian, trade, and economic cooperation. “We’ve always been intent on such an approach and have advocated such an approach. Moreover, the history, even the latest period of history, demonstrates that those two or three years of normal relations produced so much more than all the previous years of sanctions and confrontations imposed by our American partners. We are interested in a dialogue in all spheres,” he stressed.
Vladimir Makei continued: “But we absolutely fail to understand the approaches individual American politicians demonstrate towards our country. In particular, statements by the appointed U.S. ambassador to Belarus represent nothing but absolute propaganda for me right now.” He is convinced the ambassador’s statements are based on a false understanding of the situation, on false facts that rely on the speculations she hears from Belarusian criminal fugitives in the West.
In particular, in an interview the ambassador stated that one of the tasks an ambassador has to do is to oversee the operation of government agencies in the host country. “We have people to oversee the operation of government agencies,” Vladimir Makei responded. “This is why we need to clearly determine in what mood an ambassador comes to the host country first.”
Sending a Belarusian ambassador to the USA is still on the agenda. “We have nearly finished searching for the appropriate candidate for this post. It is quite difficult to find a person, who knows the country and can work effectively over there,” Vladimir Makei explained.