2020.08.06 16:13

Belarus opposition member briefly detained outside Lithuanian Embassy

BNS2020.08.06 16:13

A member of the presidential campaign of Belarusian opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanouskaya was briefly detained outside the Lithuanian Embassy in Minsk.

Mariya Moroz was reportedly taken in by Interior Ministry officers on Thursday, but has since been released.

“Based on the information I have, she was briefly detained and released, and I cannot disclose any more details,” Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius told BNS, adding that Moroz visited the Lithuanian Embassy to get a visa.

“She came for a visa, I can confirm that,” the minister said.

Linkevičius added that he and his Polish counterpart Jacek Czaputowicz were closely watching the situation in Belarus and coordinating their positions.

There are no plans to review bilateral relations with Belarus over its anti-opposition actions yet, the minister said.

“We should not rush events. We need to look how everything is developing. Our relations have always been based on pragmatic principles. We are not comrades, allies, but we are neighbours,” Linkevičius said.

“There are no exceptional reasons for a review [of relations],” the Lithuanian foreign minister said.

Tikhanouskaya's campaign said Moroz was detained at around 11:00 by people who introduced themselves as employees of the Interior Ministry.

The Belarusian news website also reported about Moroz's release, saying that the government officers invited her for “an explanatory conversation”. She said she was warned about liability for organising “non-sanctioned events”.

It was reported earlier in the day that Tikhanouskaya planed to hold a pre-election rally on Thursday night in one of Minsk's parks.

Belarus will hold a presidential election on Sunday.