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The President: Lithuania supports efforts to achieve democracy in Belarus

2021-03-25

President Gitanas Nausėda met with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of Belarusian civil society. The meeting was held on an important day for Belarusian civil society as today the opposition and the diaspora celebrate Independence Day. The President extended his congratulations as he started the meeting – a sign of solidarity and support for the Belarusian people and civil society – and expressed hope that the day would soon come when the people of Belarus would be able to celebrate it officially with the legitimately elected representatives of a free and democratic state.

The conversation focused on the situation in Belarus, the Coordination Council and its agenda as well as on the introduction of new sanctions against the regime.

The President assured that Lithuania, together with the EU member states, would continue working towards making the regime release detained political prisoners, end repressions and hold democratic elections. The release of political prisoners is a top priority for Western states, which is actively pursued through sanctions against the regime and its supporters.

“The Belarusian nation has awakened and wants to fight for a free life in a democratic state, and we strongly support their aspirations,” the President said.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have prepared a new package of national and regional targeted sanctions against the Belarusian regime officials, and an additional list of 118 sanctioned persons will be made public today.

At the end of the conversation, the President reaffirmed his support for Belarusian civil society, the activities of the Coordination Council established by Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and underlined that Lithuania would continue its efforts to raise awareness of the Council’s objectives and the situation in Belarus at the international level.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2021.03.25 12:02

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