02 November 2020, 15:12
Lukashenko accuses Catholic Archbishop Kondrusiewicz of planning to destroy Belarus
Minsk, November 2, Interfax - Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, wants to destroy Belarus, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said.
During a meeting with Metropolitan Veniamin of Minsk and Zaslavl on Monday, Lukashenko raised the question of the situation surrounding Archbishop Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk and Mogilev, who, according to Lukashenko, "visited Poland and received consultations on how to destroy the country." The president was quoted by the Belarusian state-run news agency BelTA.
"The president warned that no one is allowed to do such things," BelTA said.
Lukashenko also spoke in favor of training the Catholic clergy in Belarus more intensively. "How can we now take clergymen from Poland, when the Polish state, purely Catholic, has taken such a stance on Belarus? It's not normal," Lukashenko said.
After the August 9 presidential election in Belarus, the website of the Roman Catholic Church in Belarus published excerpts from an interview Kondrusiewicz did with a Polish Catholic television channel, in which he said the vote had been rigged. Some time later, Kondrusiewicz left for Poland. Kondrusiewicz was then denied entry back into Belarus without being giving any reason for this, despite the fact that he is a citizen of Belarus.
Lukashenko said in early September that Kondrusiewicz was denied entry to Belarus as "he had received an assignment in Poland."
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called on Minsk several times to allow Kondrusiewicz to return to the country. The Vatican has insisted on his return, as well.