Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Monday said the opposition in the country don't want power, because of the “huge” money reaching them from Germany and the US via Lithuania and Poland.
“Usually money comes through Lithuania and Poland. Americans and Germans provide financing. They have a good life. Why would they need this power, this headache?” said Lukashenko during talks with a delegation from Russia’s Kaliningrad, according the Belarusian state-owned news agency BelTA.
“I said: Stop giving them money. They use this money to buy cars and build mansions. The money is huge. We are aware of it [and] if we cannot establish a source of some money flows, Russians will help us do it.”
His comments came in response to Russian Ambassador Dmitry Mezentsev’s praise of Belarusian parliamentary elections that took place on November 17. Observers, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), said the elections did not live up to democratic standards.
“That is how you think. However, [the foreign ministers of Sweden and Finland] started asking: ‘Why are there no pro-Western opposition members in the parliament?’” said Lukashenko. “It has nothing to do with me. What can I do if people do not support them.”
Two members of the opposition were elected to the parliament in the 2016 election, however, they were barred from taking part in 2019.