Minsk and Moscow should respect Belarusian people's right to determine their own future - NATO secretary general

  • 2020-09-08
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Minsk and Moscow should both respect the Belarusian nation's right to decide its own future, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in telephone conversations with the Baltic and Polish foreign ministers.

According to NATO website, Stoltenberg held separate phone calls with Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu on Tuesday, and with Foreign Ministers Edgars Rinkevics of Latvia, Linas Linkevicius of Lithuania, and Zbigniew Rau of Poland on Monday.

The discussions covered a range of issues, including the ongoing crisis in Belarus. Stoltenberg reiterated that NATO is watching developments in Belarus closely, and called on the Belarusian authorities to demonstrate full respect for fundamental rights, including freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest.

Stoltenberg also expressed serious concern over the arbitrary detentions and abductions of opposition figures, calling them unacceptable violations of international norms.