Lithuanian ambassador reveals his country's goals in Belarus
The presidential elections in Belarus did not comply with international norms, said Lithuanian Ambassador to Russia Eitvydas Bajarūnas. According to him, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also admitted that the elections were not ideal.
Everyone saw the arrests of candidates and limitation of the possibilities for those who remained, for example, Sviatlana Tikhanauvskaya, to deliver public speeches as part of the election campaign. <...> It was clear to everyone that the elections were not democratic, Bajarūnas said in an interview with NEWS.ru.
He stressed that Lithuania does not consider President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to be legitimate.
The diplomat also drew attention to the police brutality against the protesters. According to him, the actions of the security forces should not go unpunished. For this reason, the EU foreign ministers approved the imposition of sanctions.
Our goal is a democratic, independent, prosperous Belarus. We are connected historically and economically, and for more than 500 years, we were part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. I repeat that Lithuania does not interfere in the situation in Belarus, but cannot remain indifferent to its fate, said Bajarūnas.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Lithuanian ambassador to Russia Eitvydas Bajarūnas said there were no anti-Russian moods in Lithuania.