On Wednesday, President Gitanas Nausėda attended the extraordinary European Council meeting convened via a conference call to discuss solutions to the crisis in Belarus.
In the Council, unity prevailed over support for the people of Belarus on their way to freedom, the EU leaders strongly condemned the falsification of election results and the use of force, called for the release of detainees and an impartial investigation into the crimes committed.
The President urged the EU leaders to be resolute in their strive for a peaceful transfer of power through dialogue and insist on immediate fair and democratic presidential elections with the participation of international observers.
The EU leaders unanimously stressed the need to de-escalate the situation in Belarus and to support the country’s national dialogue by all means. The Council also adopted a decision on the urgent introduction of targeted EU sanctions.
The President pointed out to other EU leaders that the future of Belarus should not depend solely on Russia’s goodwill.
“The world is not divided into the spheres of influence anymore. Russia should respect the independence and sovereignty of Belarus. And the EU must also enable the people of Belarus to decide for themselves on the future of Belarus”, the President said.
The President called upon the EU leaders to halt the launch of the unsafe Ostravets NPP in Belarus and show solidarity by not importing electricity into the EU.