Lithuanian FM calls on EU to help Belarus rather than watch

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis believes that the EU needs to act, rather than just watch the developments in Belarus. Moreover, Russian President Vladimir Putin may “come” to the country. He told this to the German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Gabrielius Landsbergis. Photo: REUTERS

The minister also said that despite the current situation regarding the repression of the Belarusian people by the authorities, there is no way back:

“We can’t imagine what people in Belarus are going through, how many of them have been imprisoned, how many have been mistreated, how many have lost their jobs. The little freedoms they had left were taken away from them. However, I have the impression that Belarusians have crossed the line, there is no turning back. People do not trust the regime anymore. The only question is how long the regime will last.

Gabrielius Landsbergis says that political refugees from Belarus are constantly arriving in Lithuania, many of whom were subjected to torture in their homeland.

In this regard, he recalled that Lithuania had begun investigating several cases against the Belarusian security forces and called on European countries, whose legislation provides for the principle of universal jurisdiction, to join the investigation.