Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Belarus sanctions are ‘the least we can do’
President Alexander Lukashenko is included in the list to be approved by the Minister of Internal Affairs
Lithuania has presented its own sanctions list, peaceful consisting of persons whom it considers responsible for vote rigging and violence against demonstrators in Belarus.
This list includes President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko – an authoritarian leader who has ruled the country for 26 years.
Lukashenka was re-elected for a sixth term with 80 percent of the vote, according to official election results on August 9.. Election results were rejected by the opposition and questioned by the EU.
The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry proposed to impose sanctions against 118 people suspected of involvement in brutal repressions against demonstrators demanding Lukashenka’s resignation. Thirty of them are suspected of rigging elections in Belarus.
The list includes those responsible “for the use of violence and, possibly, even for crimes against their citizens,” said Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, according to the Baltic News Service.
He said that the list includes employees of the Belarusian OMON, Belarusian special services, prosecutors and members of the CEC.
“At least these people will not be able to come here for shopping after the beating of people in their country,” Linkevičius said.
The list will be reviewed by the Minister of the Interior of Lithuania Rita Tamashuniene, who has the final authority to impose sanctions.
Persons from the approved sanctions list will be banned from entering Lithuania.
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