Angela Merkel contacted Lukashenka again
I. O. German Chancellor Angela Merkel again called Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko in connection with the situation on the Belarusian-Polish border, despite the critical reaction on her initiative.
assistance and the possibility of returning people to their homeland, on which the UN and the European Commission are working, said on Wednesday, November 17, the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert in Berlin. Seibert did not give further details of the conversation, Chronicle.info reports with reference to UNN.
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German Foreign Minister will arrive in & nbsp; Warsaw
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Warsaw criticizes Merkel and & nbsp; Macron
The Polish authorities criticized the mediation efforts of Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. Warsaw should have been informed in advance of the telephone conversations between Merkel and Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko and Macron with Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Polish government spokesman Piotr Müller. According to him, the very fact of the conversation with Lukashenka is perplexing, since in a certain sense it legitimizes the Belarusian ruler, whom the EU does not recognize as the president of Belarus.
The deputy of the “green” faction and & nbsp; member of the Bundestag committee on international affairs Omid Nuripur called Merkel's negotiations with & nbsp; Lukashenko “a terrible signal.” He & nbsp; noted that & nbsp; the EU does not & nbsp; recognize Lukashenko's legitimacy, but Merkel, having conducted this conversation, actually made this recognition.
Angela Merkel became the first leader of a Western state who called Lukashenko after the presidential elections in August 2020. The EU does not recognize their official results, and Lukashenko is the legitimate president of Belarus.
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