No change in Belarus, Europe needs to consider sanctions – Lithuania's Nauseda

  • 2020-10-15
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The situation in Belarus is not improving, therefore, Europe should not change its mind and think about a second package of sanctions for the Minsk regime, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said on Thursday upon arrival to Brussels for a European Council meeting.

"Unfortunately, I have to say that the situation is not improving and we see the efforts of the regime to penalize and to prosecute people of Belarus, peaceful protestors of Belarus," the Lithuanian president told journalists.

He said Europe should coordinate its effort and policy towards the Belarusian regime. Nauseda also said one should not be misled by authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko's attempts to win more time to control the situation.

"We should not be misled by individual actions by Lukashenko. I have in mind his meeting with imprisoned persons, opposition leaders in prison," Nauseda said.

"I think this is only an attempt to buy time in order to adjust and control the situation. So in this case the EU should consider a second stage or second package of sanctions," he added.

The Lithuanian president also thanked European countries for recalling their ambassadors for consultations after the Minsk regime told Lithuania and Poland to cut the number of diplomats at their embassies in Minsk. 

Nauseda expressed his delight over the countries' solidarity.