Lukashenko invitations Biden and Putin to Belarus to debate ‘issues’

By Euronews with AP

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko addresses the Parliament in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Might presumably 26, 2021.   –   Copyright  AP Picture

Belarus’s authoritarian chief has urged that his counterparts in Russia and the US meet him in Minsk to debate about “all the points” unfolding between their nations.

Talking sooner than lawmakers in parliament on Wednesday, President Alexander Lukashenko talked about US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin would possibly possibly properly presumably additionally merely silent skedaddle backwards and forwards to Belarus for “an honest dialogue”.

“They might presumably additionally merely silent system to us,” he talked about, referring to Biden and Putin.

“I’ll meet them every neatly. We’re going to sit down and focus on about all the points,” he talked about.

Lukashenko’s suggestions blueprint amid international outcry after a Ryan air flight turned as quickly as pressured to divert to Minsk over the weekend, major to journalist Roman Protasevich’s arrest.

Authorities accumulate claimed the diversion turned as quickly as attributable to a security alert however many assume it turned as quickly as a ruse to arrest Protasevich, alongside along with his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, additionally arrested from the flight.

Exhibiting to supply mild of the White Rental’s condemnation of the incident, Lukashenko joked that if Biden does search the recommendation of with, he’ll “hear even to all the indicate issues that (White Rental Press Secretary Jen Psaki) will write him to record me”.

“We are able to accumulate an honest dialogue,” he talked about.

The Belarus chief additionally thought to be if it may presumably joke referring to the flight diversion itself, asserting that Biden “would possibly possibly properly presumably additionally recall an opportunity – we will with out catastrophe land a airplane, we accumulate now received a runway”.

The plain quip turned as quickly as met with applause and laughter from lawmakers.

At some stage of his deal with, the Belarusian president additional maintained that his govt had most interesting sought to current safety to of us in Sunday’s flight diversion, which the US, European Union and UK accumulate all denounced.

Lukashenko accused his critics of being “sick-wishers” who accumulate “crossed too many crimson strains”.

“As we predicted, our sick-wishers from out of doorways the nation and from throughout the nation modified their strategies of assault on the relate,” he talked about. “They’ve crossed many crimson strains and accumulate deserted stylish sense and human morals”.

The chief claimed, with out proof, that Protasevich had been planning a “bloody revolt”, as he additionally accused the West of waging a “hybrid battle” in opposition to him.

On Monday, Biden condemned Belarus’s pressured diversion of a industrial flight and subsequent arrests a “grunt affront to international norms”.

“America condemns within the strongest conceivable phrases every the diversion of the airplane and the next elimination and arrest of [Protasevich],” he talked about.

The US chief talked about the “nasty incident” and video posted on-line of Protosevich, which he talked about he believed thought to be if it may presumably have been made “underneath duress” have been “low assaults on every political dissent and the liberty of the click”.

“America joins nations throughout the world in calling for his start, as neatly as for the start of the lots of of political prisoners who’re being unjustly detained by the Lukashenka regime,” he talked about.

Biden is already anticipated to satisfy with Putin in June, with Sunday’s incident anticipated to be a spotlight of the summit.

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