2019.10.03 09:56

Lithuanian foreign minister cancels Minsk visit

BNS2019.10.03 09:56

After the European Union's diplomatic service has cancelled its planned visit to Minsk, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius will not go to Belarus either, diplomats said on Thursday.

“The European External Action Service has cancelled the high-level visit to Minsk,” Rasa Jakilaitienė, the minister's spokeswoman, told BNS.

An EU spokesperson said the visit had been postponed due to “agenda changes”.

“The visit of the High Representative to Belarus as well as the Eastern Partnership ministerial event are postponed due to a number of agenda changes of various participants, and following contacts with the Belarusian hosts,” the spokesperson is quoted by BNS.

Linkevičius planned to take part in a meeting of EU Eastern Partnership ministers in Belarus later this week.

The Lithuanian government has recently taken steps to establish a closer dialogue with the Belarusian government, a position criticized by the Homeland Union–Lithuanian Christian Democrats, the biggest opposition party in the parliament.

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