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The President: Lithuania supports and will support the civil society of Belarus

President Gitanas Nausėda had a conference call with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian leader of civil society and symbol of protests for democratic transformation in Belarus, to discuss the difficult situation in Belarus as well as Tsikhanouskaya’s immediate plans and the impact of sanctions on the regime.

During the conversation, the President briefed Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on the recent EU decision to extend sanctions to the Belarusian regime to include institutions, companies and businessmen. The President pointed out that Tsikhanouskaya’s meetings with the leaders of EU members states, the EU institutions and other international organizations, calling for support for the democratic society in Belarus, were crucial to the country’s democratic future.

“Lithuania actively supports Belarusian civil society in its fight for democratic values and human rights. We see no improvement of the situation. Unfortunately, the regime continues to treat peaceful protesters ferociously, and we saw young protester Raman Bandarenka being killed extremely brutally a few weeks ago. The EU’s decision to extend sanctions to institutions and companies that contribute to the repression and financial support to the regime is the right step and we call for its immediate implementation.

The President reassured the Belarusian leader that Lithuania would always actively raise the human rights issue of the Belarusian people in international politics as well as advocate for the right of the Belarusians to freely elect their representatives in fair elections. “Our support for the Belarusian people and their struggle for freedom stems from our experience and painful historical lessons.  It is our moral duty to help the Belarusian civil society because once we were a part of the same state and we shared our history”, the President added.

The President‘s Communication Group
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