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17 November 2021, 20:12

No mention of sanctions, ‘recognition' during Lukashenko-Merkel talks, press secretary emphasizes

The Palace of Independence is the seat of the president of the Republic of Belarus. An archive photo
The Palace of Independence is the seat of the president of the Republic of Belarus. An archive photo

MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – The Belarusian head of state Aleksandr Lukashenko did not discuss sanctions and “recognition” with Acting Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, talking about it would have been beneath him, RIA Novosti quoted Press Secretary of the Belarus President Natalya Eismont as saying.

Previously Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Eva-Maria Liimets stated that Aleksandr Lukashenko had identified his recognition as the president of Belarus and the lifting of sanctions as conditions for terminating the migration crisis at the European Union border. The Belarusian president allegedly mentioned these conditions during a phone conversation with Angela Merkel on 15 November.

“It would have been beneath President Lukashenko to raise such matters during the conversation or to put forward such conditions. No word of sanctions or all the more so, some ‘recognition' was said during the talks. Moreover, the question does not stand for the Belarusian society, which has elected Lukashenko president of the country,” Natalya Eismont said.

In her words, the statement by the Estonian minister of foreign affairs indicates that Estonia knows nothing and means nothing for the ongoing process meant to resolve the problem of the refugees.

“The Estonian minister of foreign affairs should keep in mind that transcripts of these conversations are kept both in Belarus and Germany. Estonia is free to contact partners in the European Union and they might provide it with true information,” Natalya Eismont stressed.

Lukashenko, Merkel hold telephone conversationLukashenko, Merkel hold telephone conversation
“Another important aspect that the Belarusian president and Germany's acting chancellor talked over was the humanitarian support for refugees through the provision of humanitarian aid to them," the press service said.
Lukashenko, Merkel hold another telephone conversationLukashenko, Merkel hold another telephone conversation
The Belarusian president and Germany's acting chancellor agreed that the problem will be addressed at the level of Belarus and the EU, and that the two sides will designate officials who will immediately enter into negotiations in order to resolve the existing problems.

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