Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday he was ready to hand over all prisoners that the EU believes are jailed for political reasons, if Europe agrees to accept them.© RIA Novosti. Ilya Pitalev
SHKLOV, July 7 (RIA Novosti)
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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday he was ready to hand over all prisoners that the EU believes are jailed for political reasons, if Europe agrees to accept them.
"If the EU wants to take them, no problem, we'll send them out tomorrow," Lukashenko told journalists in the eastern Belarusian city of Shklov.
"I'm ready to put all those for whom the West shows so much concern on a train, or even on board a plane - that would be faster - and send them out. Take them, if you want."
He added that if the European Union confirms its willingness to accept Belarusian political prisoners, he will order to deport "all of them, even those who took to the streets today."
The Belarusian leader, however, rejected the Polish foreign minister's proposal to simply release all political prisoners in exchange for consultations on how to overcome the country's deepening economic crisis.
"I'm not going to haggle with anybody. They [the prisoners] are humans, no matter if they are good or bad, and they live their own lives. I have no intentions of bargaining with the EU and wasting my time on negotiations or talks," Lukashenko said.
Belarus has seen unprecedented economic and political turmoil in recent months, as increasingly frequent protests against the 17-year reign of the authoritarian Lukashenko have combined with a 36% devaluation of the national currency.
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- severnayazemlyaGood idea, deport them to EU!06:07, 08/07/2011That's a good idea! Deport them all to EU. Their they will find that life is actually worse than in Belarus. The bankrupt, inflated Euro should be devalued 10 to 1.
- bielecLook at this little Hitler...07:06, 08/07/2011And he calls it democracy? So, how are people supposed to change the system, if they so desire?
- cheruskThrow out treacherous NGO11:15, 08/07/2011Belarus is an orderly and peaceful country inhabited only by white North-European people.
Lukash has been confirmed at the helm because he does not follow the bidding of the criminal global oligarchy of the West and of the East. He is not fighting the perennial war as pawn of US/EU/Isr like the shitty petty countries of Montenegro, Georgia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia.
Post communist leaders are naive, traitorous and phckd.
- severnayazemlyaStart with the NGOs17:00, 08/07/2011The problems are the NGOs "non-governmental organizations" employed by CIA and NATO to overthrow the orderly government of peaceful and quiet Belarus. Don't turn Belarus into a commercialized western consumer economy hell.