McCain blasts Belarusian president as 'brutal tyrant'

February 4, 2011 16:59


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VILNIUS, Lithuania — US Sens. John McCain and Joseph Lieberman slammed the Belarusian regime Friday, labeling Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko a ruthless tyrant and calling on Washington to take the lead on imposing sanctions on the country.

Speaking in Lithuania's parliament, McCain told a group of Belarusian students that "current events in the Middle East and Egypt are ... strong lessons that no government can keep people without God-given rights forever."

McCain and Lieberman are in Lithuania as part of a congressional visit to the Baltic state. The NATO member borders Belarus, a nation of 10 million that held widely disputed elections in December that kept strongman Lukashenko in power.

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