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.