President of the Republic of Lithuania

The President calls on the European leaders to consider further steps in relations with Belarus

2020-09-11

President Gitanas Nausėda took part at the European Council video conference held in preparation for the forthcoming European Council meeting on 24-25 September 2020.

The preparatory Council session was convened in a non-traditional format – in small groups. Austrian, Belgian, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, German and Slovakian leaders participated in the video conference together with President Nausėda.

Prospects of the EU-China relations and situation in the in the Eastern Mediterranean and Belarus was discussed at the session held at the initiative of President of the European Council Charles Michel.

At the beginning of the meeting, the President drew attention to the complicated political situation in Belarus and called upon the President of the Council to include the issue of Belarus into the agenda of the Council meeting on 24-25 September.

“Unfortunately, the situation in Belarus remains unchanged. Brutal use of force, human rights violations and the persecution of the Coordination Council leaders continue. All the EU leaders must assess the situation and agree on further steps”, the President said.

The President emphasized the need to predict the dynamics of the EU-China relations in the context of changing geopolitical and economic circumstances as he referred to the relations between the EU and China.

“In relations with China, the EU should continue focusing on democratic values, respect for human rights and freedoms, and ensure a level playing field for both sides” the President said.

President Nausėda noted the need to increase EU’s economic resilience against the third countries and ensure the sustainability of industrial supply chains.

The Lithuanian leader expressed solidarity with Cyprus and Greece and called on Turkey to refrain from unilateral action in the Mediterranean. The President also expressed hope that differences among neighboring countries would be resolved in a constructive manner and in accordance with the principles of international law.

In the wrap up to the video conference, Charles Michel highlighted the importance of the situation in Belarus and said he would consider including Belarus into the agenda of the next Council meeting in September.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.09.11 22:06

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