RIGA - The foreign ministers of Estonia, Finland and Latvia support Poland's call to convene a meeting of the European Foreign Affairs Council in connection with the situation in Belarus, where protests and a brutal crackdown against them have erupted, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) told reporters today.
Today, marking the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Latvian-Russian Peace Agreement in Riga, Rinkevics met with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto to discuss mutual cooperation as well as current events around the world.
"We all fully support the proposal of our Polish colleague to convene an extraordinary EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting to discuss and develop a common, united position on Belarus. We also fully support Belarus' efforts to become a European nation," the minister commented, while stressing that Europe should help Belarus normalize the situation in the country after the presidential elections.
Reinsalu, for his part, said that the Belarusian government absolutely needs to stop all violence against peaceful protesters, release political prisoners and journalists, and accept that the use of force and tear-gas is unacceptable. The Estonian foreign minister acknowledged that the presidential elections in Belarus cannot considered free and democratic.
Meanwhile, the head of the Polish foreign service said that what is happening in Belarus in important in the context of international politics, and that the situation remains very serious, which is why the EU must become involved to improve the situation.