German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was ready to impose new sanctions against Belarus and threatened personally to President Alexander Lukashenko further tightening of punitive measures.
This was reported by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on September 5, citing an interview with the head of German diplomacy to Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
“As the European Union, we do not recognize the elections and have decided on sanctions. Now we are implementing it. If Lukashenko does not respond, further sanctions will follow,” Maas said.
At the same time, the German Foreign Minister voiced his demands to the head of Belarus in a rather undiplomatic form.
“I demand that Lukashenko negotiate with the opposition, that the elections be repeated, that Lukashenko immediately stops imprisoning and brutally treating peaceful demonstrators, that he respects human rights and respects freedom of the press,” Maas added.
The fact that the German leadership, following the EU leadership, took the opposite side in the Belarusian conflict is not news in itself.
It is worth noting, however, that the change in rhetoric – Maas’s statements now sound in a commanding tone. He literally orders Lukashenko to give power to “revolutionaries.”
One can only guess why the German minister suddenly decided that he had the right to order the head of a foreign state.
On September 5, Alexander Lukashenko, during a meeting in Minsk, called economic stability the main task of the Belarusian government at the moment.