Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says he is in favour of the European Union lifting sanctions on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
Alexander Lukashenko
© RIA/Scanpix

Minister Linkevičius has told BNS that "it is not normal" to maintain greater sanctions on Belarus than on Russia.

"I would not oppose it, I see no problem. Why aren't there sanctions on other presidents, like [Russia's] Vladimir Putin?" Linkevičius has said.

The EU introduced asset freezes and travel bans on Lukashenko and some 150 other Belarusian officials in 2011 due to grave human rights violations directed against the opposition.

Linkevičius says that the EU must take into account the fact that Belarus has released political prisoners, refused to recognized the independence of Georgia's breakaway territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Russia's annexation of Crimea and it did not join Moscow's economic sanctions on the EU.

"There must be steps from our side, so that we motivate the development in a favourable direction and at the same time seek change," Linkevičius said.

Lukashenko is expected to be re-elected as Belarus' president in Sunday's election. Diplomats say that the EU might lift sanctions on Lukashenko, provided that the government does not impose any last-minute repressions against the opposition before the election.

Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
0
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania, Poland to sign new deals on defense cooperation

New Lithuanian-Polish agreements on defense will be signed during Lithuanian president Dalia...

Lithuania now has substantial legal arguments to deny access for electricity produced in the unsafe Astravyets Plant

On 7 February 2019, the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in...

Overcoming of schisms goes further or the Ecumenical Patriarchate strikes back

The Patriarchate of Constantinople will expand its presence in Russia through the parishes of the...

Ukrainian, Lithuanian presidents meet on cooperation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaitė met on...

Lithuanian, Ukrainian presidents to meet on security issues

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė is to meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko...