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Belarus: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 109189, tabled on 21 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what her policy is on (a) the legitimacy of the presidency of Mr Lukashenko and (b) UK recognition of any international agreements which the Lukashenko regime has entered into.

Answered on

31 January 2022

The UK has never accepted the results of the 2020 Belarusian Presidential election, which was neither free nor fair. We support the findings in Professor Benedek's November 2020 report to the OSCE that the processes of the election were fraudulent and the results falsified. As such, Lukashenko's claim to the Presidency lacks legitimacy. We continue to call on the Belarusian regime to hold new elections that are free and fair, meet international standards, and are subject to independent local and international observation. It is the longstanding policy of the UK to recognise states, not governments or individuals.

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