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Biden calls Lukashenko “dictator” — media

The contender for the post of the head of the White House reproached Trump for keeping silent about his opinion on the situation in Belarus.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden considers Alexander Lukashenko a “dictator”. This is stated in an interview with the politician agency Reuters, published on Saturday, September 26.

“A president hiding in fear from his own citizens, refusing to accept the will of the people, is a sign of weakness, an illegitimate autocrat, a dictator, not a strong leader,” Biden said.

He also stressed that the current US president has not yet voiced his position on the situation in Belarus, which has been covered by protests for more than a month.

“Nevertheless, President Trump refuses to speak out against Lukashenko’s actions or to offer his personal support to supporters of democracy,” recalled the candidate for the post of the American leader.

Let us remind you that earlier Lukashenko said that Belarus and Russia in the economy will be able to do without Western countries. “We need to get together, outline general plans and activities,” he commented on the prospects for the introduction of sanctions against Minsk.

Sanctions against Belarus: the position of Cyprus…

During the suppression of protests in Belarus, it has become a matter of flagrant violations of human rights. Against this background, the debate on the imposition of sanctions against Minsk continues among the EU countries. A list of 40 people awaiting a ban on entry to the European Union, as well as the freezing of bank accounts, has already been compiled. This measure requires the consent of all EU countries — and here the position of Cyprus became an obstacle. Observers write about what is behind the veto from Cyprus, as well as what explains such a sluggish reaction of Berlin and Brussels.

The tentacles of Moscow have reached here too!

Lietuvos Rytas believes that Russia is involved in this:

“Lukashenko, who enthusiastically rushed into the arms of Russia, demonstrates to the West that he does not take seriously neither peaceful demands for resignation nor the threat of sanctions. And the dictator has every reason to do so. Brussels is unable to punish even a couple of dozen regime representatives — for example, by banning them from entering the EU and freezing their accounts. The formal reason is Cyprus, which has euphoric support behind it for Greece, which is in a wedge with Turkey, is vetoing until the EU takes action against Ankara. It cannot be ruled out that pressure on Greece and Cyprus, in particular, is exerted by Russia, which is why it blocks the imposition of sanctions against Belarus.

Germany is just afraid

Gazeta Wyborcza criticizes Berlin for its passivity:

“Germany, which has held the presidency of the Council of the EU since July and thus has the ability to convene summits and set the agenda, only helps to put Russia in an advantageous position… Senior Russian officials argue that Navalny may have been poisoned outside of Russia. According to a publication in Le Monde, Putin told French President Emmanuel Macron that Navalny could have taken the newcomer himself! And what about Germany? There was no reaction from it. It is also unclear why Germany was unable to convince tiny Cyprus to introduce symbolic sanctions against Lukashenko.”

Can’t you see?

Politis columnist Scheiner Levent is addressing the EU and its High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrel, directly:

“There is no democracy in Turkey anymore. The country is entirely under Erdogan’s control. Both the judiciary and the media have been destroyed. Prisons are overcrowded. Mayors and deputies of the People’s Democratic Party, appointed to their posts by the results of elections, have been languishing in prisons for years. Writers, intellectuals, journalists, lawyers, and artists are also locked up. Do you see what is happening in Belarus, but do you not see what is happening in Turkey? Do you see who Bashar al-Assad is and do you not see that Erdogan overpowered him with his dictatorship?”

Is Cyprus blocking sanctions against Belarus?

The debate continues among the EU countries on the imposition of sanctions against Minsk — after the suppression of protests in Belarus has come to blatant violations of human rights. A list of 40 people awaiting a ban on entry to the European Union, as well as the freezing of bank accounts, has already been compiled. This measure requires the consent of all EU countries, and Cyprus’ position became an obstacle. Observers agree that the situation is very confusing, but their views differ on who should be blamed.

The EU is mired in double standards
The Phileleftheros newspaper supports the position of Cypriot authorities and criticizes other EU countries:

“There are statements that if the EU does not take any measures against Belarus, the authority of the community as such will be questioned. But for some reason, the fact that no measures are taken against Turkey, the EU candidate country, which is carrying out a military invasion into one of the countries of this community, is not a threat to the authority. Nor is anyone saying that most EU countries are trying to block the imposition of sanctions against Turkey. Cyprus mostly approves the imposition of sanctions against Belarus, but at the same time openly points to the obvious: if sanctions are imposed against Belarus, then they should be imposed against Turkey as well”.

Cyprus is harming itself …
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung strongly criticized the position of Cyprus:

“The actions of the Cypriot government … make it appear as if the EU is blocked in foreign policy. Turkey will take this as an encouraging signal — and act even more decisively in the gas dispute. After all, a small country like Cyprus will only be able to defend its interests in a dispute with a much larger Turkey if a capable EU is on Cyprus’s side. Or is the resistance of Cyprus directly related to what is happening in Belarus? For many years, Cyprus has been earning on the fact that it serves as a transit point for dubious states of oligarchs and politicians from post-Soviet countries. Can Cyprus store money of Belarusian functionaries who are on the EU sanctions lists?

And von der Leyen is right!
This is real blackmail,” writes La Stampa:

“On Monday, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya came to Brussels to ask the EU countries for support in the confrontation with Lukashenko’s regime… However, the foreign ministers of the 27 EU countries were unable to reach a consensus on the imposition of announced sanctions against those involved in the torture and the August 9 elections. Cyprus, protesting against the lack of sanctions against Turkey, actually took hostage the list of 40 people to be sanctioned. This is undoubted blackmail — and when did Cyprus decide on it? A few days after Ursula von der Leyn put forward a proposal to abandon the principle of unanimity in the issue of imposing foreign policy sanctions”.

Baltic states will expand sanctions against Belarus

We are talking about the expansion of sanctions and this list will not be final, said Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich.

Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia will present a general list of persona non grata in the coming days, which will include about 100 officials from Belarus. This was announced on Thursday, September 24, by the Latvian Foreign Minister Edgar Rinkevich, Delfi reported.

We are talking about the expansion of sanctions and this list will not be final, Rinkevich said. According to him, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia have decided to expand the sanctions list without waiting for a similar decision by the European Union.

Earlier, the Baltic states have already included 30 Belarusian officials on the list of undesirable persons for entry, who are accused of involvement in the falsification of the results of the presidential elections in Belarus and the brutal suppression of protests.

The foreign ministers of the EU countries at a meeting on Monday, September 21, failed to agree on the sanctions lists of Belarusian officials responsible for falsifying election results, as well as the use of violence against protesters.