“We expect the European Union to abandon this senseless pressure on our country and take steps towards restoring confidence in itself as a very serious partner and good neighbour. And the role of EU diplomatic missions’ heads is crucial here,” Aliaksandr Lukashenka stated while receiving credentials of a number of foreign ambassadors.
“Mentor’s tone and Western worldview which is allegedly the very right one can be imposed on the countries longing to become part of the EU as much as you like. But it does not concern Belarus. On the way to evolutionary reforms or, if you prefer, the modernization of political and economic systems we will not carry out to someone’s external orders for benefit of the Belarusian people,” state news agency BelTA quotes Lukashenka.
It is to be recalled that on October 4 a representative of Belarus was compelled to withdraw from the session of the PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. At that, an information note presented to the Committee by Andres Herkel, rapporteur on the situation in Belarus, stresses that “the situation of human rights and democracy has not improved in Belarus since the adoption of the Assembly’s last resolution in January 2012. Human rights and political freedoms continue to be trampled on and political opponents harassed. The note also points out that no further steps have been taken towards abolition of the death penalty or a moratorium on executions. On the contrary, two executions have been carried out in 2012.”