The forced landing of a plane and the arrest of an opposition activist led to sanctions against Belarus. Germany also criticized the ruler Lukashenko. Now the president has reacted.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has sharply attacked Germany because of the new sanctions imposed by the West. “What we did not expect is that Germany would also take part in this collective conspiracy,” said Lukashenko at a memorial service on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the German attack on the Soviet Union on Tuesday. “We did not expect that from those whose ancestors killed one in three Belarusians,” he added. “Eighty years have passed, and now? What is it? Another hot war?”
The EU, the USA, Canada and Great Britain imposed entry and property bans on the Defense and Transport Ministers of Belarus on Monday for the forced landing of a Ryanair plane. In total, several dozen people and institutions are affected by the punitive measures. In addition, the EU foreign ministers launched far-reaching economic sanctions.
The arrest of blogger Roman Protassevich
At the end of May Belarus forced a Ryanair plane to make a stopover in Minsk on its way from Athens to Vilnius under the pretext of a bomb threat with a fighter jet. On board were the blogger Roman Protassewitsch, who was critical of the government, and his friend Sofia Sapega, who came from Russia. Both were arrested after landing.
Lukashenko made a statement on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union. With the attack on June 22, 1941, the so-called Great Patriotic War began for the Soviet Union. It is estimated that the German war of extermination against the Soviet Union killed 27 million people, including 14 million civilians.