Posts tagged as Belarus

Lithuania is not ready to accommodate refugees from Belarus

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The protests in Belarus show no sign of abating. As of late September, dozens of Belarusians have used the humanitarian corridor to flee across the border. If an increasing number of people are forced to leave, is Lithuania ready to accommodate them? According to the Interior Ministry, Lithuania has no experience in managing thousands of refugees. The officials are currently consulting with the Red Cross and the United Nations High…

Belarus imposes sanctions on Baltic officials

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

On Tuesday, an official from the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said the country has imposed sanctions on 100 people in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. “We are also imposing symmetrical restrictive measures against each of these countries,” said Anatoly Glaz, spokesman at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. According to the country’s state news agency BelTa, 100 officials form each of the three Baltic countries are now forbidden to enter Belarus. Last Friday, Estonia,…

Washington may announce sanctions on Belarus officials this week, says US diplomat in Vilnius

Monday, September 28, 2020

The United States may announce sanctions for Belarusian officials responsible for vote-rigging and violence against peaceful protesters on Tuesday, according to Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent. “At this point, I anticipate an announcement early next week. We have the first tranche of names prepared. I believe we could expect an announcement next Tuesday,” Kent told BNS on Friday. The diplomat also said the…

NATO ‘concerned’ about situation in Belarus

Friday, September 25, 2020

NATO is “concerned about the situation” in Belarus, the United Kingdom’s Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart William Peach, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, said in Vilnius on Friday. “We continue to monitor the exercise activities across regions where NATO has an interest,” he told reporters on Friday. Peach is the chief military advisor to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and is responsible for conveying military advice from the allied…

Dutch Foreign Minister met with Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaja

Friday, September 25, 2020

On Thursday, Dutch Foreign Minister Stefan Blok met with Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaja in Vilnius and voiced his strong support for her aspiration to hold a new presidential election. “I gave her full support of the Dutch government and the Dutch people in the struggle for the Belarusian people to have free and fair elections,” Blok told reporters in Vilnius. Speaking after his meeting with Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas…

Belarus ‘first victim’ finds refuge in Lithuania

Friday, September 25, 2020

Eyes wide open, Yauhen Zaichkin laid on the ground unconscious. On August 9, the first night of Belarusian protests, Zaichkin was proclaimed the first victim to be killed by Alexander Lukashenko’s regime. But almost a month later, he appeared in Vilnius. “I woke up in a paddy wagon, my lip was bleeding. As it turned out, my upper lip was torn in two places and my body ached from all…

Experts: Latvia is prepared for possible migrant influx from Belarus

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Migration  policy makers told Latvian Radio September 23 that Latvia is preparing for likely influx of migrants from Belarus, where the political situation has intensified. Chairman of the Saeima Citizenship, Migration and Cohesion Commission, Ritvars Jansons (National Alliance) said that Latvia should now prepare for a flow of people from Belarus. This is one of the reasons why Latvia refused to take in migrants from the fire-devastated camp in Greece, Lesbos…

Latvian Foreign Minister: EU sanctions must not harm Belarusian society

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

On September 21, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Edgars Rinkēvičs, took part in a meeting of the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council, according to a statement from Foreign Ministry. The meeting exchanged views on developments in Turkey, Russia and China, as well as a discussion on relations between the EU and the African Union, and the latest developments in Belarus. The EU Foreign Ministers discussed potential EU support for…

Belarus steps up controls on Lithuanian lorries causing delays

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Lithuanian haulage companies are facing delays and increased costs after Belarus has stepped up border checks on trucks registered in Lithuania. “All cargoes are now X-rayed”, Romas Austinskas, the president of the national road carriers’ association Linava, told BNS on Monday. “Since the border is not a place where many vehicles can fit in, [the lorries] are now directed to Belarus’ internal customs points for additional checks. Goods are unloaded,…

Two Lithuanian MEPs abstain from voting on EP resolution on Belarus

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Two Lithuanian MEPs – Stasys Jakeliūnas and Viktor Uspaskich – abstained when the European Parliament voted last week on a resolution supporting Belarus’ opposition. Jakeliūnas, a MEP for the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union, said he did not back the resolution because of its “overly aggressive rhetoric”, but added that he does not support the Russian or Belarusian regimes. “These things are too populist. Also, overly aggressive unbalanced rhetoric can…