European Parliament Accuses Lukashenko of Complicity in Putin’s Crimes
The European Parliament, in a resolution adopted on September 13, has officially recognized Alexander Lukashenko, the dictator of Belarus, as an accomplice to the crimes of Vladimir Putin, the dictator of Russia. The resolution asserts that Lukashenko has played a significant role in facilitating Russia’s unjustified war against Ukraine and, as such, bears direct responsibility for the destruction inflicted on the country.
Furthermore, the European Parliament has called for a future international tribunal to investigate not only Putin but also the leadership of Belarus. This demand underscores the seriousness of the accusations leveled against Lukashenko and the Belarusian government.
Demands for Prosecution and Condemnation of Deportations
The resolution also calls on member states to take all necessary actions to facilitate the prosecution of Belarusian officials. Specific emphasis has been placed on the disturbing fact that 2,150 Ukrainian children were deported to Belarus. The Belarus Red Cross, for its supposed involvement in these deportations, has also come under criticism.
Belarus: A Satellite State of Russia
Belarus has been labeled a “satellite state of Russia” in the resolution, a term that highlights the country’s subservience to Russia. The European Parliament has urged Europe to apply the same sanctions against Belarus as it currently does against Russia, thereby increasing the pressure on both Lukashenko and Putin.
Both countries have also been suggested for addition to the European Union’s list of third countries at a high risk of money laundering and terrorism financing. This addition would further isolate the two countries economically and politically.
Sanctions in the Sporting World
One notable recommendation in the resolution is the barring of athletes from Belarus and Russia from participating in international sporting competitions. If implemented, this measure could significantly affect the sporting landscape, as both countries have a strong presence in various international sports.
The European Parliament’s resolution brings several important issues to light. It recognizes Lukashenko’s complicity in Putin’s crimes and calls for an international investigation into the leadership of Belarus. The resolution also suggests increasing sanctions on Belarus, including the prohibition of athletes from competing internationally, and calls for increased measures against money laundering and terrorism financing.
The implications of this resolution are significant and could lead to a shift in international relations with both Belarus and Russia. By holding Lukashenko accountable for his actions in aiding Putin, the European Parliament is sending a clear message of condemnation and calling for justice for the victims of the Ukraine war.
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