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25 November 2019, 17:06

Lukashenko responds to criticism over opposition-free parliament

MINSK, 25 November (BelTA) – The recent parliamentary elections in Belarus were discussed, among other things, at the meeting of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko with Sweden's Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto on 25 November, BelTA has learned.

The head of state provided some details of the meeting with the western diplomats during the talks with a delegation of Kaliningrad Oblast. The talks were attended by Russian Ambassador Dmitry Mezentsev who praised the way the Belarusian elections were held.

“That is how you think. However, they [the foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland] started asking: “Why are there no pro-Western opposition members in the parliament? The previous parliament had three opposition members, however, the new one had no opposition at all.” It has nothing to do with me. What can I do if people do not support them,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

“I said: Stop giving them money. They use this money to buy cars and build mansions. The money is huge. We are aware of it. If we cannot establish a source of some money flows, Russians will help us do it. Usually money comes through Lithuania and Poland. Americans and Germans provide financing. They have a good life. Why would they need this power, this headache?” the president asked.

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