Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki have expressed their support for a democratic Belarus at the talks in Vilnius on May 2, reports PAP.
Polish Prime Minister said that cooperation with the Eastern Partnership countries is important for both stability and prosperity in Poland and Lithuania.
“We see what’s happening in Belarus and Ukraine. This region is particularly vulnerable in terms of Russian imperialist policy. Therefore, we support Ukraine and Belarus in their struggle for democracy and freedom. Improvement of the situation in the east is an indicator of our realism, so the context of NATO and the European Union is absolutely of paramount importance here,” said Mateusz Morawiecki.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė notes that Lithuania and Poland consistently condemn the repression of Lukashenka’s regime against civilians and the Polish national minority in Belarus. She also noted the importance of the two countries’ principled and expressive common voice in the international community’s support of the people of Belarus.
“We must remain united, as we defend not only our own freedom and independence, but also the right of our neighbors, who pay a high price for their struggle to determine their own destiny.”
Besides the Eastern Partnership and the regional security, the situation around the Belarusian nuclear power plant was also discussed at the talks in Vilnius. Ingrida Šimonytė said that it is a “critical stage of development” of the nuclear power plant, so it is necessary to prevent the electricity from that plant from being supplied to the EU market. She also thanked Poland for its strong support in this matter.