‘Why can’t actor be president?’ Lukashenka sitting on fence over Ukraine elections

Alyaksandr Lukashenka, phot. president.gov.by

Alyaksandr Lukashenka is far from not being in favour of Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy, he said during today’s visit to Lahoisk district.

“I just said straight what I thought, i.e. if you do not know who you should vote for, do not vote,” Lukashenka stressed. In his opinion, the words were interpreted as his voicing support for petro Poroshenko. “As if Poroshenko was my friend, and Zelenskiy was my enemy,” he said.

According to the Belarusian leader, Zelenskiy has been constantly slammed for his being an actor and gagman, including in Russia. “Can’t an actor be president?” he wondered and referred to the story of Ronald Reagan.

Interestingly, in a recent interview with Turkey’s new agency Anadolu, Lukashenka doubted that Volodymyr Zelenskiy would become Ukraine’s President after the second round of the elections on April, 21. He believes that many Ukrainians voted for Zelenskiy just to show their protest against other politicians.

“I hope Ukrainians forgive me, but I want to tell them: if there is no one you would like to cast their vote for, you should not vote at all!Why should you vote for a person you cannot rely on?” he recommended and warned Ukrainians against ‘taking risks’.

Presidential candidates Volodymyr Zelenskiy and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko received 30.24% and 15.95% of votes cast on March 31, respectively, according to Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC). The two candidates will square off in the second round on April, 21.


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