Belarusian chief ridicules EC's Barasso

April 27, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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MINSK, Belarus, April 27 (UPI) -- Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko derided European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after being snubbed at an event at the Chernobyl nuclear site.

Observers said Lukashenko referred to Barroso as a "kozyol," literally translated as "goat" but colloquially carries the more guttural meaning of "bastard," while speaking near the Chernobyl site on the 25th anniversary of the nuclear disaster Tuesday, EUobserver.com reported Wednesday.

Asked why he was not attending anniversary events in Kiev, Lukashenko said Barroso told Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych a week ago he would not attend if Lukashenko did.

"Ask Yanukovych that question -- why was the Belarusian president not at these events? You should ask them," Lukashenko said. "Unfortunately the current leadership of Ukraine is a lousy one."

"On the subjects of [bastards] like Barroso and others -- who is Barroso anyway?" the Belarusian leader asked. "There was a Barroso in Portugal. But they kicked him out and put him to work in the European Commission."

The European Commission confirmed Barroso worked to keep Lukashenko away from the Kiev event but did not comment on Lukashenko's comment.

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