Latvia has issued 57 visas to representatives of the Belarusian non-systemic opposition. This was reported in the program “Personality of the day” on TV channel “Riga TV24” by Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics, who writes Delfi.ee.
The Minister stressed that “our government has so far allocated 200,000 euros to treat victims of repression from Belarus in Latvian medical institutions and to support journalists and various groups of Belarusian society. Latvia also considers applications for political asylum.
Discussing the imposition of sanctions by the European Union against Belarusian officials who “allowed falsification of the results of the presidential election and violence against peaceful demonstrators”, Rinkevich expressed hope that this issue would be resolved by September 21, when the next meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs will take place. Edgar Rinkevich confirmed that there were no disagreements between the EU countries about the imposition of sanctions against representatives of Belarusian authorities.
Speaking about Russia’s actions with regard to Belarus, Rinkevich admitted that relations between these two states are “special” and drew attention to the fact that Belarusian society does not protest against the course of the foreign policy of the country. According to Rinkevich, “this is a protest against cynical falsification of election results, unjustified beatings and arrests of people.
The minister added that “the Belarusian people are protesting against one particular person”. At the same time, in his opinion, “it is somewhat hypocritical on the part of Russia to constantly urge others not to interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus while Russia itself is actively doing so.
Earlier Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins said that Latvia would allocate € 150 thousand “to support civil society in Belarus.