Lithuanian president, Swish parlt speaker discuss situation in Belarus, cooperation

  • 2020-10-20
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has on Monday met with Isabelle Moret, president of the National Council of Switzerland, and discussed the situation in Belarus and thanked the country for joining EU sanctions for the Minsk regime.

During the meeting, Nauseda expressed his concern that Russia's aggressive policy remains the key factor preventing Belarus from making sovereign decision on its future, the presidential office said in a statement.

"Lithuania welcomes Switzerland's decision to join the European Union's sanctions for top Belarusian officials and also expand its national sanctions. Lithuania together with Latvia and Estonia has put another 100 persons on the list," the statement reads.

Nauseda underlined that "Belarus' fate should be shaped by the will of Belarusian people".

"The Belarusian Coordination Council is the key opposition institutions capable of maintaining dialogue leading to a new and democratic election," Nauseda said.

The Lithuanian president and the Swiss parliament speaker also discussed issues related to the Astravyets nuclear power plan, strengthening Lithuanian-Swiss cooperation, fighting climate change and dealing with the coronavirus' consequences.