The Kremlin Commented On The Non-recognition Of Lukashenka By Some Countries
The non-recognition by some countries of Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate President of Belarus is an indirect interference in the country's Affairs, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reports.
"These decisions (on non — recognition of Lukashenka-ed.), of course, do not contribute to the development of dialogue and, in fact, are indirect interference in internal Affairs. Such decisions will definitely slow down and complicate the dialogue between these States and Belarus," Peskov said. According to him, Russia does not welcome the decision of countries not to recognize Lukashenko as the President of Belarus. That is contrary to international law, Peskov said. The press Secretary stressed that such decisions cannot affect relations between Russia and Belarus now or in the future.
On September 23, in Minsk, Lukashenko took office as President of Belarus for the sixth time. As reported by the BelTA news Agency, the inauguration ceremony was held in the Palace of independence. The date and time of the inauguration were kept secret until recently. Footage from the ceremony was broadcast on the Belarus 24 TV channel later than the procedure itself, and foreign ambassadors were not invited. According to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus, the invitation of ambassadors is not mandatory under the law, and the inauguration itself was held following the law.
The authorities of Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Estonia, and several other countries did not recognize Lukashenko as a legitimate President. Also, the United States and Ukraine did not recognize its legitimacy. EU high representative for foreign Affairs and security policy Joseph Borrel said that the EU does not recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus, so the inauguration of Lukashenko is not legitimate. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier declined to comment on Lukashenko's inauguration. Peskov noted that this was an internal decision of the Belarusian authorities.