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World EU says Lukashenko is not legitimate Belarus president

12:10  24 september  2020
12:10  24 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The EU has said it does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus , a day after he was sworn in for a sixth term at a secret Several EU countries and the US say they do not recognise Mr Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus . What is the EU saying ?

The European Union does not recognise Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus , the bloc’s diplomatic chief said on Tuesday, a day after the embattled leader was welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Josep Borrell, the EU ’s high representative for foreign affairs

By Robin Emmott

Alexander Lukashenko standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Lukashenko attends a swearing-in ceremony in Minsk © Reuters/BelTA FILE PHOTO: Belarusian President Lukashenko attends a swearing-in ceremony in Minsk

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Alexander Lukashenko is not the legitimate president of Belarus, the European Union said on Thursday, saying his abrupt swearing-in on Wednesday went directly against the will of the people.

The ceremony accelerated EU plans to boycott Lukashenko following the disputed Aug. 9 election, as the European Parliament had earlier decided not to recognise the veteran leader from November, when his term as president was due to end.

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The European Union ( EU )’s diplomatic chief says the bloc does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus , ratcheting up “We don’t recognize Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus .” Borrell claimed that more than 7,500 protesters had been detained and 500

The US Says Alexander Lukashenko Is Not The Legitimate President Of Belarus . Eight months ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in a historic visit to Minsk that their meeting was “a solid first step towards improved relationships and closer ties.”

"The so-called 'inauguration' ... and the new mandate claimed by Aleksander Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy," the EU's 27 states said in a statement.

"This 'inauguration' directly contradicts the will of large parts of the Belarusian population, as expressed in numerous, unprecedented and peaceful protests since the elections, and serves to only further deepen the political crisis in Belarus."

The EU, a large financial donor to Belarus, also said it was "reviewing its relations" with the country, meaning the bloc would seek to cut off direct funding to Lukashenko's government, channelling it to aid groups and hospitals instead.

Before the election, the EU had committed to spend 135 million euros on projects in Belarus and has also pledged 53 million euros for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya discussed with EU foreign ministers on Monday in Brussels how to bypass state administration to support doctors and hospitals.

"I asked Europe not to support financially the regime. All the money Mr.Lukashenko can get now will not go to support the Belarusian people but will go for those repressions," she told reporters, referring to the pro-democracy crackdown.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Toby Chopra, William Maclean)

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