Minsk responded to Western refusal to recognize Lukashenko as legitimate president

By | September 24, 2020
Minsk responded to Western refusal to recognize Lukashenko as legitimate president

Attempts by some Western countries to question the legitimacy of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko do not reflect the views of the majority of the international community, said the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Thursday.
“This question (about the legitimacy of the inauguration – ed.) is far-fetched and artificial. Attempts by some Western countries to question the legitimacy of the head of state in no way reflect the views of the vast majority of the international community,” – said in a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, distributed by the press service on Thursday.

It is emphasized that “the Belarusian people, who are the only source of power and the bearer of sovereignty, made their choice. “This is what is of decisive importance. Some procedures of external legitimization invented by some actors are insignificant from all points of view. We have long been an internationally recognized independent state and are equal to all others on the international arena,” the statement reads.
The Foreign Ministry noted that “the ban on interference in internal affairs is one of the cornerstones of international law, which is enshrined in Article 2 of the UN Charter. “Therefore, Belarusians choose their head of state, parliament, and local councils independently and without external interference. The Belarusian people do not need “legitimization” of their power by self-appointed optional “legitimizers,” the Foreign Ministry stressed.