Lukashenko says Belarus will close borders with Poland and Lithuania
Lithuania fears Lukashenka could deprive Belarus of independence
Lithuanian Foreign Minister warned of consequences of strengthening integration between Minsk and Moscow
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko can deprive the country of independence by signing an agreement on deeper integration with Russia, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Monday.
“(Russia) will now quickly complete what it has not been able to do for 20 years, and this is a serious concern,” Linkevičius said on television..
According to him, the process of integration between the two former Soviet republics “can hardly be stopped.” The minister added that Lukashenka, who denies electoral fraud, “has neither moral nor political grounds to do so.”.
Linkevičius also noted that closer relations between Minsk and Moscow could lead to the deployment of Russian armed forces in Belarus. Such steps require a “mandate from the people,” without which it would become “a path to heightened tensions,” he said..
Let us remind you that earlier US Undersecretary of State Stephen Bigan warned that Russia’s military intervention in Belarus would have a “very negative” impact on Moscow’s relations with the United States and European countries..
Bigan told Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty that while the US does not view the events in Belarus as a geopolitical competition, the deployment of Russian forces in Belarus “would have significant implications for relations between Russia and the US, Russia and Europe.”.
“The last four years have been very difficult for US-Russian relations, but it is possible that they could get worse,” Bigan said..
“One of the things that can limit the ability of any president – regardless of the results [of the US presidential elections in November] – to develop cooperation with Russia in any area is direct Russian interference in Belarus,” he added..
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