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Lithuania's Nauseda: Time has come to seriously talk about sanctions for Belarus

BC, Vilnius, 11.08.2020.Print version
The European Union should consider imposing sanctions against Belarus in response to the government's repressions against the opposition, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda says cites LETA/BNS.

"The dynamic is so that we definitely should very seriously talk about sanctions for Belarus as what is happening now is no near to those repressions the regime has been executing the whole past year," the president said in an interview with the news website.

"Now we see killed and injured people. We see several thousand people who are closed or their fate is unknown. And we cannot ignore that," the head of state said.

The human rights situation will determine Lithuania's cooperation with the Belarusian government, Nauseda said.

"If the Lukashenko regime proves that human rights are in the last place, unfortunately, he is proving that already, I don't think cooperation is possible. If a country, first of all, does not respect the rights of its own people, their fundamental rights that are also enshrined in the Constitution, so how can we expect such a country respect its foreign partners," he said.

The Belarusian government announced earlier on Monday that Lukashenko had received 80% of votes in Sunday's presidential election and was re-elected for another term. Opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya refused to recognize the results, stating that she considers herself the winner, and called on Lukashenko to hand over power.

Protesters clashed with police in several Belarusian cities after the presidential election, and dozens of people were injured. The opposition are holding new protests on Monday night, demanding a fair election.

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