Belarusian president resentful at U.S. counterpart

Aliaksandr Lukashenka has not congratulated Barack Obama on his reelection for a second term as president of the United States.

In 2008, the Belarusian leader congratulated Mr. Obama on his election victory, but the US president failed to congratulate Mr. Lukashenka on his reelection in 2010, Pavel Liohki, head of the presidential press office, noted in an interview with European Radio for Belarus. Mr. Liohki referred to a principle of reciprocity in diplomacy “implying a reciprocal reaction”.

Aliaksandr Lukashenka expected no changes in Belarus-USA relations after the election in the USA regardless of who wins the vote, he made the relevant statement on November 6, 2012

“As far as changes in the USA policy towards Belarus are concerned, you know that little will change regardless of whether incumbent President Obama or Romney wins the vote,” the head of state said.

A month ago Mr. Lukashenka warmly congratulated Hugo Chavez on his reelection for a third six-year term. The Venezuelan leader reportedly responded by saying, “I dedicate this victory to you and our Belarusian people.”


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