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The President at the Council debate on sanctions against Russia: poisoning of people is an intolerable practice

2020-10-16

On Friday, President Gitanas Nausėda continued to participate at the European Council in Brussels. On the second day of the Council meeting, the EU leaders focused on EU-Africa relations, the situation in Belarus as well as sanctions against Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

During the debate, the EU leaders discussed possibilities to strengthen strategic relations with Africa in trade, investment promotion and other areas, as well as demonstrate solidarity in tackling the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the development and distribution of vaccine.

The European leaders expressed solidarity with Lithuania and Poland over retaliatory sanctions imposed by Belarus and condemned the ongoing violence against peaceful protesters.

“All EU leaders are united on measures to promote democratic transformation in Belarus. Those measures include sanctions as well as support to the Belarusian civil society. We are also prepared to take an active part in the development of a program to strengthen the economy of Belarus in the event of a change in the leader”, the President said.

The President also reminded that today the Belarusian regime has placed Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on an international wanted list. “This is another proof that the regime continues the crackdown on the opposition leaders. We cannot allow these actions to restrict her international travel. Our borders should remain open to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. I call upon the EU leaders to take all necessary measures to ensure that people are not persecuted for political reasons”, the President emphasized. 

In a debate on sanctions against Russia following the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the President stressed that this could not have happened without the Kremlin’s knowledge. “The delay in providing medical care, failure to share information with relatives, obstacles to the transfer of Alexei Navalny to Berlin, and other facts clearly prove this. The situation where poisoning of people is becoming common practice can no longer be tolerated”, the President said.

The President‘s Communication Group

Last updated 2020.10.16 16:42

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