Belarus' position on coronavirus has changed – Lithuanian president

  • 2020-04-17
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The Belarusian government's former liberal attitude to the spread of the coronavirus has changed, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says, adding that a dialogue with this country is necessary under any circumstances as the economic life goes on.

"I believe a dialogue is necessary under all conditions. I also see a certain change in the neighboring country's stance on what they previously looked too liberally at," Nauseda told a press conference on Friday.

"Yes, there's a rhetoric variety but I will avoid judging those all rhetoric nuances. But one thing is clear: Belarus and its government are responsible for the management of the coronavirus in their country, and we are responsible of the management of this crisis and epidemic in our country. We will do everything to have no external and internal threats to our health," he said.

In early April, Lithuanian representatives expressed concern over the coronavirus situation in Belarus, saying that the neighboring country could be "an uncontrolled hotspot" of the disease.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko then said ironically that he could not see the flying virus anywhere as sports and other mass events continued to be held in the country. He also called on the Lithuanian leader to take care of "your virus".

Nauseda now says, despite everything, a dialogue with Belarus is necessary.

"We will continue the dialogue, the dialogue in the economic life, trains with good continue to go to the port of Klaipeda, and economic cooperation continues," he said.

The Lithuanian president also reminded that the construction of the Astravyets nuclear power plant close to the Lithuanian border is another painful issue.