Lithuanian President Refused Considering Lukashenko Legitimate

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Not only Lithuania, but the entire European Union is interested in Belarus being a stable, democratic and sovereign state, Nausėda stated. Alexander Lukashenko cannot be considered the legitimate president of Belarus, said Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda. On Thursday, August 13, the head of the Lithuanian state announced this in an interview with the British television channel Sky News. According to him, Lukashenka cannot be called a legitimate president, since there are no free democratic elections in the country. “If we passively watch what is happening, Belarus may be fully integrated into Russia,” the Lithuanian leader stressed. Nausėda noted that sanctions may be imposed against the Belarusian authorities if the situation in the country is not resolved peacefully. According to Nausėda, Moscow is "interested in having a satellite state." Let us remind you that on the eve Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda proposed a plan to de-escalate the situation in Belarus. Earlier, the Baltic countries and Poland called on the Belarusian authorities to convene a national round table of reconciliation with the participation of civil society representatives, immediately stop using force against their citizens, and also release all detainees.