U.S. ’Disappointed’ Belarus’ Election Not Free, Fair
The United States said it was "disappointed" by the presidential election in Belarus, saying it fell short of the former Soviet republic’s international commitment to holding polls that are free and fair.
U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said international observers had noted "serious problems" with the October 11 vote, which elected strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka to a fifth term as president by a landslide of 83.5 percent.
The Russian side is grateful to Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for his decision to go to Russia as the visit after the presidential election, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia to Belarus Alexander Surikov said in an interview with the STV channel, BelTA has learned.
“We are grateful for this decision,” the Ambassador said.