Lithuania, Poland, And Romania Have Proposed To The EU To Make A Visa-free Regime For Belarusians
The presidents of Lithuania, Poland, and Romania addressed the European Union with a proposal to support Belarusians. Among them are visa-free travel, trade facilitation with the EU, assistance in joining the WTO, and diversification of the energy sector and energy security in Minsk. The three countries will ask the EU to provide support measures if Belarus passes political and economic reforms.
"We believe that by supporting the people of Belarus, the European Union — as a major global economic power-should provide a package of assistance for the democratic economic transformation of Belarus… We call on the international community to join the European Union and its member states in preparing a positive agenda for Belarus," the presidents said in a joint statement published on their websites.
Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that assistance is offered to be put down in case of reforms in Belarus. "If the citizens of Belarus decide to carry out political and economic reforms in the country, create independent institutions to protect human rights and freedom of speech, we will help with our knowledge and experience," the presidential press service said.
The State Department earlier said that this week the EU and the US might jointly announce the introduction of sanctions against Minsk. Before that, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia imposed sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other Belarusians. Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic have previously announced their desire to introduce a visa-free regime for Belarusian citizens.