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The President: borders may be closed on both sides

2020-09-18

President Gitanas Nausėda had a telephone conversation with President Andrzej Duda of Poland to exchange views on the statement of the Belarusian authorities on closing borders with Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine.

The two Presidents discussed the situation at the border with Belarus and stressed that no active action had been observed to substantiate the threats from Belarus and there were no actual decisions made to close the borders from the Belarusian side. Lithuanian border guards work as usual and traffic through the Lithuanian-Belarusian border checkpoints runs smoothly.

“I think it’s a provocation, without specific grounds. The authorities in some countries simply forget that there is a principle of reciprocity in international relations and borders can be closed on both sides”, the President said.

The Presidents of Lithuania and Poland discussed the sanctions against Belarus. President Nausėda invited Poland to join the regional sanctions and show solidarity with the Belarusian civil society which is facing aggression and political repression. The Polish President said he was considering introducing national sanctions against Belarus. Lithuania and Poland are determined to urge the EU member states to agree on EU-wide sanctions against Belarus as soon as possible. All EU member states should adopt and impose the sanctions shortly.

The Presidents also discussed the details of the plan to support democracy in Belarus and the need to consolidate the countries that support the plan.

The two leaders agreed to meet at the end of November, after the parliamentary election in Lithuania. During the meeting in November, the Presidents are going to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Sigismund Augustus, Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.09.18 14:59

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