MEPs announced their intention to support Belarusian civil society and opposition and spoke for visa relaxation for the citizens of Belarus.
According to the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on October 26, 2012, the House of Representatives may not be considered legitimate. “As the newly-elected Belarusian parliament lacks democratic legitimacy, the EP does not recognise the legislative body, its members stressed,” news agency Rianovosti reports quoting the press service of the European parliament.
Not a single oppositionist entered the House of Representatives; moreover, the political prisoners are still behind the bars, MEPs noted. According to them, the Belarusian authorities keep ignoring international community’s calls driving the country into a deeper isolation.
Andrey Savinykh, spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, said that the resolution was “far away from reality” and described the European Parliament as a “high-speed typewriter” that “churns out ready-made politically motivated resolutions.” According to Mr. Savinykh, the resolution “leads into a dead-end.”