Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday ruled out legalizing gay marriage in Belarus under his administration.

“We should not be forced to introduce same-sex marriages. This will not happen in the near future. That is for sure, when I am the president,” Lukashenko is quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.

“Our people will not accept this. … Wait a little,” he added during his state-of-the-nation address to the people of Belarus and the parliament.

Last month, Lukashenko lashed out at German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle after the European Union (EU) withdrew their ambassadors from Minsk over Lukashenko's human rights record.

“It is intolerable for us as Europeans to see human rights and citizens' rights in Belarus thus violated,” the openly gay Westerwelle said. “This is the last dictatorship in Europe.”

Lukashenko responded without naming Westerwelle.

“It's absolute hysteria,” Lukashenko said. “When I heard him – whoever he is, gay or lesbian – talking about dictatorship, I thought – it's better to be a dictator than gay.”

The 57-year-old Lukashenko has controlled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994.