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2021.11.16 18:00

‘I see no point in talking with him’ – Lithuanian FM baffled by Merkel-Lukashenko call

BNS2021.11.16 18:00

Lithuania's Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis rules out any talks with Alexander Lukashenko, saying he was surprised by German Chancellor Angela Merkel having a phone call with the Belarusian strongman leader.

Lukashenko is responsible for causing a migrant crisis on Belarus' border with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, Landsbergis said, and cannot be counted on to solve it.

Read more: Lithuanian president says ‘possible to solve crisis’ by talking to Lukashenko

“Lukashenko might start thinking that he's a leader recognised by the West, one who could possibly resolve the crisis, despite being the one who caused it,” the foreign minister told reporters on Tuesday.

“To tell you the truth, I see no point in talking with him,” he added.

Instead, the EU should put Lukashenko into a “pressure situation”, Landsbergis said.

Landsbergis said he learned about the recent conversation between Merkel and Lukashenko only after it happened.

“I was not informed about it. Frankly, I only saw the tweet,” he said.

The news about the German chancellor's conversation with the authoritarian Belarusian leader was “a little unexpected”.

Meanwhile, the Lithuanian president's office told BNS it “was informed about the planned conversation in advance”.

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