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19 August 2020, 12:47

Lukashenko urges Western countries to focus on their own issues

MINSK, 19 August (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has urged leaders of the Western states who are getting together and discussing the situation in Belarus to focus on the problems in their home countries. The head of state made such a statement as he hosted a meeting of the Security Council with the participation of regional leaders by a video link, BelTA learned.

The head of state pointed to the ongoing financial support for street actions and riots. “The Western states have already announced openly and directly that they are going to raise funds and send them to Belarus. We see that. Of course, we cannot track all of the money coming here, because a lot of funds are transferred in cash. We know it and we will focus on it,” he said.

“Leaders of the Western countries are suggesting talks, conversations. Meanwhile they keep pushing their agenda. We see that, too; we are aware of it, but we are not accepting it. I want them to hear that. They are going to hold a meeting today or tomorrow at the level of foreign ministers or leaders of the European Union. I would just give them a piece of advice: instead of pointing finger at us, they should discuss the yellow vests movement in France, the terrible riots in the USA. I would like them to discuss, first and foremost, protests against coronavirus lockdown in Germany and other European countries,” the Belarusian president said.

“I mean to say that they are having a great deal of problems at home. Do not point at Belarus in order to draw attention away from the issues in France, the USA, Germany and so on,” the Belarusian leader said.

He added that when all these issues are dealt with, they could proceed to Belarus, but this matter should not be high on their agenda. “They don't see a beam in their own eye,” the president added.

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