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2017.03.22 10:20

Lithuanian FM dismissed Belarus allegations on plotting provocations

Algirdas Acus2017.03.22 10:20

Lithuanian Foreign Minister dismissed Belarus leader’s allegations, on Tuesday, that Lithuania could have played a role in plotting armed provocations.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka said, on Tuesday, that about 20 armed militants who were planning ‘an armed provocation’ in Belarus had been apprehended.

Lukashenka alleged the suspects had been trained in militant camps in Belarus, Ukraine, and ‘most likely’ in Lithuania and Poland. He also accused sources in Lithuania and Poland of funding their activities.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius dismissed these allegations.

‘Generally one would like to hear from the state leader reasonable statements and not fabrications that are not based on any facts, we understand that situation in Belarus is not simple, but the method to look for a foreign enemy is quite old and would not help in this situation,’ said Linkevičius.

Thousands have taken to the streets in Belarus in recent weeks to protest an unpopular labour law, in the largest anti-government demonstrations in Belarus in years. More than 150 protesters have been arrested since 1st March; dozens were either fined or sentenced to up to 15 days in jail.

‘We hope that Belarus would not turn backwards, when it used to have political prisoners’, said Linkevičius adding that relations between EU and Belarus depend on responsible posture and adequate evaluation of the events.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

LINAS LINKEVIČIUS, Lithuanian Foreign Minister:

Generally one would like to hear from the state leader reasonable statements and not fabrications that are not based on any facts. We understand that situation in Belarus is not simple. It is probably tense. But the method to look for a foreign enemy is quite old and would not help in this situation.
Sound bite (Lithuanian)

LINAS LINKEVIČIUS, Lithuanian Foreign Minister:

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