Lukashenko rages against Ukrainian leader, EU Commission Chief

EC will not comment on Belarus’ president insulting remarks.

KIEV – Belarusian President Alya­ksandr Lukashenkop has sharply criticized Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso after being left out of ceremonies commemorating the Chornobyl nuclear disaster, the Voice of America reports.

Responding to journalists who asked why he didn’t attend the Chornobyl ceremonies, Lukashenka said “You should ask them [Yanukovych and Barroso];” He also called Yanukovych a “lousy” leader and described Barroso as an “ass.”

EU officials confirmed last month that Ukraine had been told that Barroso would not attend last week’s international donors’ conference on Chornobyl in Kyiv if Lukashenka was present.

The United States and the European Union have blacklisted Lukashenka because of his authoritarian policies.

The European Commission will not comment on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s remarks addres­sed to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other EU officials, Interfax reports. The European Com­mission does not recognize Luka­shenko as a democratically elected president of Belarus, and the commission does not comment on statements by ordinary individuals, a European Commis­sion source told Interfax-Ukraine in Brussels on Tuesday.

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