Germany: Lukashenko needs to 'expect consequences' — Maas on situation in Belarus

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the German Parliament that measures will have to be taken against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko «if the violence against the peaceful opposition doesn’t stop.» Speaking on Wednesday, Maas said 'there cannot be any questioning on which side we are staying. On the side of the people who are fighting peacefully against violence and for the rights.’’ He also urged Russia to open a discussion with Belarus, and threatened Lukashenko with consequences, if Belarusian people continue to be imprisoned. «And therefore, we advertised again in front of Putin and Foreign Minster Lavrov that Russia should also put effort into starting a dialogue on the level of the ESCB (European System of Central Banks).» Large-scale anti-government protests have been ongoing in Belarus for more than a month, sparked by the presidential election, which saw President Alexander Lukashenko win with 80.1 percent of the vote.

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