The head of Lithuanian foreign Ministry advised Lukashenko to choose between Russia and the European Union
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius advised Belarus to make a foreign policy choice in favor of Russia or the European Union. On Wednesday, February 15, he said at a conference in Vilnius, reports the portal Delfi.lt.
“I’m not a scientist, can’t rely on assumptions. Can only say that Belarus is not a member of NATO and the EU, but these elements of autonomy are experiencing difficult times, they have less time. It’s time to decide”, — said the foreign Minister.
He added that the integration of Moscow and Minsk in the military, intelligence and economic spheres becomes deeper, however, Belarus has not recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. “We would like that they (Belarusians) were closer to European thinking, the threads of cooperation and dialogue with the EU”, — said Linkevičius.
On 3 February President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko criticized the current Russian-Belarusian relations. In particular, he stated that Russia had violated the interstate agreement, a decision on the introduction of a border zone on the border of the two countries. However, the head of state stressed that the Russian and Belarusians grew up in the same cradle. “While I’m President, no stone will fly in the direction of the Russian people. None!” — assured the Belarusian leader.
In 1997 Russia and Belarus signed a Treaty establishing the Union state. It is a supranational organization with a gradually created common political, economic, military and customs space.