MINSK, 7 November (BelTA) – Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko commented on the U.S. presidential election, the results of which have not been announced yet. "The bastion of democracy... Look at what's going on with this election. It is a shame, a mockery of the democracy," the Belarusian leader told the media after visiting the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Ostrovets on 7 November, BelTA has learned.
The head of state was asked how the international organizations, which watch the Belarusian elections very closely, will react to the situation with the US elections. “How will they react? Observers stand behind the wall and try to see something through windows. They paste window with cardboard, while the police stand by. In some states these observers are thrown out for making a step to the left or to the right. This is all we can say about observers' work there. In our country they stand leaning over the table watching vote count and criticize us afterwards,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The head of state noted that he is looking forward how Western countries and the OSCE will react and whether they will demand that the U.S. hold a new election, as they demand Belarus do it. “Let's see how the OSCE will react to this, and let's wait and see the German parliament, as I said yesterday, demand a re-election in the United States. Today we see that the re-election is warranted based on all kinds of irregularities, even domestic legislation violations," the president stressed. “It is very interesting to see how the Germans, French, these super democratic countries, and Anglo-Saxons and others will demand re-election.”
“I can say this already now: they will do nothing, they will be afraid to do anything,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
“But this is a shame, humiliation of Americans they could not have imagined,” the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko said that Belarus is blamed for non-compliance of its presidential election with some international generally accepted democratic standards at a time when there are no such international standards. “Belarus and Russia proposed to develop these international standards at the OSCE so that they would be applied in respect of all OSCE member states. They rejected it then and today they are demanding such things from us,” he explained.
The president said that the situation with the election in the United States gives an opportunity to compare things: “Our protesters and others will see this. They will have something to compare with.”
The head of state also mentioned the negative impact of the election results as well as mass protests in the neighboring countries that criticized Belarus.
Talking about the U.S. election, he added: “Next week we will be watching this comedy at its finish line. It is a comedy and a mockery of democracy. It is good that it has happened and that we saw the essence of that democracy. Only those who are strong and stand firm are respected in the world. We will stand firm.”
The head of state also commented on the EU sanctions, including those imposed against him: “You know, I have been under sanctions for all my life, for a quarter of a century and as you see I am safe and sound. I do not worry about these things.”