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Poland, Germany call for free vote in Belarus

Poland, Germany call for free vote in Belarus

Germany and Poland have said the EU could offer a (EURO)3 billion in aid to Belarus if its presidential vote is free and fair.
Guido Westerwelle and Radek Sikorski, the foreign ministers of Germany and Poland, said after meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday that better relations between the European Union and Belarus hinge on the Dec. 19 election.
Lukashenko has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, stifling dissent and free media and extending his rule through elections that international monitors have called fraudulent. He is widely expected to win the December vote against a fractured opposition.
Lukashenko promised that the vote will be fair, and he badly needs EU support after a falling out with Russia, a main sponsor and ally.


Updated : 2021-06-17 04:11 GMT+08:00