Dubbed “Europe’s last dictator” in some western media, Lukashenko said that he had been legally elected to office ever since 1994, Ukraine Today reports.

“If you respect the Belarussisan people, then tolerate Lukashenko," he said.

The president’s speech included asessments of bilateral relations with Russia, and complaints about economic difficulties.

Earlier, Lukashenko made several remarks criticizing Russian policies.

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