Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko did not return calls not only from German Chancellor Angela Merkel but also refused to speak to another European leader, French President Emmanuel Macron. This was announced by Estonian Prime Minister Yuri Ratas, Interfax reports.
“Requests for telephone talks from both European leaders were also sent to Minsk by Alexander Lukashenko, who did not answer and did not pick up the phone,” Ratas said, noting that Macron and Merkel also called Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Estonian prime minister believes that Moscow plays an important role in issues concerning Belarus.
It was reported on August 19 that Lukashenko did not return Merkel’s calls. The German Chancellor wanted to arrange a telephone conversation with him several times, but he ignored it. Later Lukashenko asked Putin to pass on to Merkel a request not to interfere in the affairs of Belarus.
The Belarusian leader also spoke about Macron’s statements about mediation in Minsk’s dialogue with civil society. In response, Lukashenko suggested that his French counterpart make him a mediator between the French authorities and the “yellow vest” movement.
Mass protests in Belarus began after the presidential elections on August 9 – protesters do not agree with the official results, according to which Lukashenko won 80 percent of the votes. The actions were tightly dispersed, the actions of the Belarusian authorities caused criticism in the West.