Lithuania clarifies its position on sanctions against Belarus

By | August 18, 2020
Lithuania clarifies its position on sanctions against Belarus

Neighboring countries could adopt an agreed list of Belarusian officials against whom the sanctions are imposed by Saulius Skvernyalis.
The Lithuanian authorities intend to negotiate sanctions against Belarus with neighboring countries if it is not possible to agree on restrictive measures against Minsk on the scale of the entire European Union. Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernyalis said this, Interfax-Ukraine reported on Tuesday, August 18.

“If we can’t reach an agreement globally, then I think we need to gather the allies of our nearest, our neighboring states,” he added.

According to the prime minister, countries, including Poland, could adopt an agreed list of officials against whom sanctions are applied. He stressed that the main thing now is to ensure that violence against peaceful protesters is stopped and new, legitimate elections are held.

The day before it became known that EU leaders will discuss the situation in Belarus. The head of the European Council called on the official Minsk to refuse further use of force against peaceful demonstrators.

The European Union also confirmed its intention to impose additional sanctions against Belarus, in particular against those responsible for the violation of the electoral process and violence against protesters.

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