Posted: 25.02.2024 11:43:00

Lukashenko: if OSCE had asked to participate as observers, we would have considered the issue

If the OSCE had asked for monitoring, Belarus would have considered its application and the decision would most likely have been positive – as stated by the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, during his today’s conversation with journalists at polling station No. 478 in Minsk. However, according to the Head of State, no applications have been sent by this organisation. 

The President noted, “As far as I know, we did not refuse anyone who had asked to come to us. If the OSCE had wanted to come to us and made such a request, we would have considered it – most likely, giving a positive response. However, they did not address us. Should we crawl to them then? As I have said, these are our elections, they are for our people.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko said that the OSCE representatives had previously attended the elections, “They arrived, and we met them – doing that in our hospitable manner. They prepared the protocol and the conclusion in advance, but lost them. Our guys found the documents, took a photo of them and gave them to me. Well, there were two days before the elections, the preliminary voting was in full swing, but they already crossed out our elections – stating that they were too bad. Why should we invite them? They get good money. Protocols were written for them by others in advance, they were instructed how to organise everything. The writing style was American, with an Anglo-Saxon flavour – which is well familiar to me.”

According to the Head of State, on the morning after the main voting day, the OSCE representatives announced the pre-prepared protocol without any changes. The President concluded, “Well, what is the point of inviting? Therefore, neither Russians nor we invite them. If they wanted to attend our elections and asked for an appropriate mandate, we would have considered, and I am sure that we would have accepted their request. It is not too late yet. As they say, the main thing is to count, so let them come by the end of the day. I will let them all to Belarus without visas. They may come if they wish. They may come after the elections. Experienced people will see the situation and can relate the election results to the developing reality.”

In the development of the topic, Aleksandr Lukashenko answered the question on whether it is likely that the forces – inclined to normalise relations with Belarus and Russia – will come to power in the West, “It may be possible when there will be a multipolar world, but it is not possible right now. Therefore, I have no hope, since I know what will happen later.”