Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko has called on Western leaders to solve their own problems before the EU summit on his country.
“Instead of pointing to us, they should be talking about the yellow vest protests in France or the terrible riots in the US,” he said, according to state news agency Belta.
European leaders meet on Wednesday to discuss the tense situation in Belarus.
There, citizens demonstrate en masse against the controversial electoral victory of Lukashenko, who has ruled his country with a heavy hand for a quarter of a century.
Opponents are convinced that there has been widespread fraud to keep him in power.
In recent days, Lukashenko has repeatedly called Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia’s giant neighbour. However, he is not looking for interference from Western countries.
“I would like them to talk first and foremost about the protests against the lockdown measures around the coronavirus in Germany and other European countries,” Lukashenko said, according to Belta.a