EU leaders to hold summit over Belarus' crisis Wednesday, Lithuanian president's aide says

  • 2020-08-17
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - EU leaders will hold a video summit on Wednesday to discuss the political crisis in Belarus, an advisor to Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Monday. 

"Belarus (will be on the agenda). Everything, not just sanctions," Asta Skaisgiryte said after Nauseda's meeting with some ministers and the heads of security services.

At the EU summit, "we want to exchange views on the events in Belarus and responses to that. There will be the issue of sanctions, too," she added.   

In their video conference earlier on Monday, the presidents of the three Baltic countries and Poland backed "inevitable sanctions" against Belarus' officials “responsible for the crackdown on people", Skaisgiryte said.  

Also, Nauseda is having a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to discuss the situation in Belarus.  

Last week, EU foreign ministers agreed to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for sanctions. 

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in Belarus after Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in the August 9 presidential election.

Around 7,000 people were arrested in a police crackdown on protestors. Some detainees said they had been tortured in jail.