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2020.08.14 09:30

‘We want action’ Lithuania to propose EU sanctions against Belarus’ officials

Vaidotas Beniušis, BNS2020.08.14 09:30

On Friday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius said he will suggest imposing EU sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against protesters. 

The minister plans to raise the issue at the videoconference of EU foreign ministers on Friday.

"We don't want yet another statement of concern; we want action," Linkevičius told BNS.

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"Officials who used excessive force must feel responsible, so I'll suggest imposing individual sanctions on officials and politicians who are directly responsible for the use of force against peaceful demonstrators and vote fraud," he said.

The minister said he would also propose to launch a EU fund to support the victims of repressions in Belarus.

Linkevičius also said he would present Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda's plan to resolve Belarus crisis to his colleagues.

The plan calls for forming a national council from the government and civil society representatives.