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German government spokesman Steffen Seibert hits back at Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko

German government spokesman Steffen Seibert hits back at Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko after his comments on Germany’s foreign minister that it was “better to be a dictator than gay”.

Reuters reports:

“Unfortunately, these comments speak for themselves. They say a lot about the mind-set of the person making them,” said Foreign Office spokesman Andreas Peschke.

European Union leaders on Friday called for new measures to pressure Lukaschenko, in power since 1994, including targeting those in Belarus who are responsible for human rights violations as well as people supporting Lukashenko’s government.

The talk of more sanctions followed a diplomatic spat between the EU and Belarus last week, which escalated into tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions.

“Unfortunately (Lukaschenko’s comment) shows very clearly the position that the Belarussian president takes in relation to basic rights. It’s interesting to find out this way that Mr Lukashenko too now classes himself as a dictator,” said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.

“That by the way is a view that the federal government reached some time ago and on which the Belarussian president delivers proof almost daily,” he add

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