Europe's Last Dictator To German Foreign Minister: 'It’s Better To Be A Dictator Than Gay'

Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko (left) Russian president Dmitry Medvedev (right)Lukashenko and Russian President Dimitry Mededev

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Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko has crudely lashed out at the German foreign minister after comments referring to the country as a dictatorship.Guido Westerwelle had made comments about the country after the EU and Poland had their ambassadors expelled from the country on Tuesday, the latest sign of a growing war over sanctions and human rights in the country.

After hearing that Westerwelle had called his country “the last dictatorship in Europe”, RT reports that Lukashenko spoke at a ski event in Belarus and said, “It’s absolute hysteria … When I heard him – whoever he is, gay or lesbian – talking about dictatorship, I thought – it’s better to be a dictator than gay.”

Westerwelle, who is openly gay, has not responded.

AFP reports that Lukashenko has clashed with Westerwelle before, telling him once that he must “lead a normal life”. He later apologized, but added he “did not like gays”.

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