The Minister of Finance, the Vice-Chancellor and candidate for the post of Chancellor from the Social democratic party of Germany Olaf Scholz called the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko “a terrible dictator”.
Scholz said in an interview with the newspaper Bild that he is in exactly the same way as the demonstrators in Belarus, says Lukashenko’s resignation is imminent, reports Deutsche Welle.
“I Think that the one who so treats his people have lost all right to the legitimate governance of the country”, – said the Vice-Chancellor, adding that the last word, however, should remain with the Belarusians.
In his opinion, Lukashenka has “no majority support of the population”, and if “everything will develop according to democratic rules, Lukashenko will retain his post.”
“We do not accept that there (in Belarus) occurs. It’s a terrible dictator,” said Scholz.
The Deputy head of the government of Germany noted that in a country run “by the brutal violence,” the democratic rules are not respected. That is why the EU’s position on the protests in Belarus, should remain “clear and decisive”.
“we Need to ensure that the strength and courage of the protesters has helped to achieve changes,” he said.
At the same time, Scholz stressed that he considers unacceptable the military intervention of Russia or other States in the situation in Belarus. According to him, such a scenario would violate all the rules established by international law.
Speaking about the EU sanctions against Minsk, Scholz noted that the decisions taken earlier by the Ministers of the countries members of the Union, “will not be” the last taken step.
“it is Necessary to allow Lukashenka to understand, so it will not work and that his actions will not go”, – said the German politician.
What other sanctions could be adopted against Belarus, “we need to carefully consider in each case”.
Recall that mass protests began across Belarus on 9 August, after the presidential election, the results of which the acting head of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of votes.
The stock was heavily repressed by the security forces, used tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and stun grenades. Protesters pelted Riot police with Molotov cocktails.