Josep Borrell, the European Union’s Minister for Overseas Affairs, turned many heads whereas making an attempt within the EU Parliament to query Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko’s legitimacy, complicated his nation with neighboring Ukraine.
The minister was visibly confused when his forceful remarks have been met with some loud commotion within the viewers. It was actually exhausting to argue with what he mentioned.
“Lukashenko is just not the reliable president of Ukraine,” Borell proclaimed, whereas addressing the European Parliament on Monday. ‘For us,’ he added. Properly, not just for them, since Lukashenko by no means claimed to be the chief of that individual nation.
“Sorry, Belarus,” Borell apologized, with a large smile, when he realized his mistake. “We don’t acknowledge Lukashenko because the reliable president of Belarus,” he clarified, to keep away from any additional confusion.
The official then carried on together with his speech as deliberate, urging the nation’s authorities to stop “illegal arrests” and “violence.” Borell additionally talked about that the EU goes to impose sanctions on Belarus and can “assessment” its relations with the nation basically.
Nationwide protests erupted after the August 9 presidential election ended with Lukashenko’s overwhelming victory, which landed him a sixth time period in workplace. Protesters largely coalesced round exiled opposition chief Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and argued that Lukashenko’s win was a results of fraud.
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