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Lithuanian MP hopes EU sanction will target billionaires around Lukashenko

Emanuelis Zingeris
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Emanuelis Zingeris
Šaltinis: BNS

Chairman of the Lithuanian parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs, Emanuelis Zingeris, hopes that new sanctions, to be adopted by European Union foreign affairs ministers later this week, will target billionaires in Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's surroundings.

The MP describes Lithuania's position on sanctions saying that Lithuanians were neither the biggest daredevils nor traitors.

"The Friday meeting in Brussels will determine a lot. It might be that we'll arrive at measures against Lukashenko's surroundings. I don’t want go into details as it's states' internal policy. But finally conclusions by 27 states will be reached, and the surroundings where people became millionaires and billionaires will be affected," Zingeris told at a discussion on EU-Belarusian relations.

"We are not the biggest daredevils, but we are also not traitors," the committee chairman said.

Meanwhile Egidijus Vareikis, member of the committee, said he had voted for softer sanctions despite the fact that he wished for tougher ones.

"Zingeris and I voted today for softer sanctions, but I believe it's wrong that they are soft, but they are the way they are. I'm in favor of tougher sanctions," he said. Asked by BNS why he voted that way, the MP said he had no choice. "It was written in the draft either you vote for the first point, or the second. But I would like to vote for the sixth, but there wasn't one," Vareikis said.

"I cannot reveal details as it was a closed-door meeting. I can put it otherwise: different states propose different sanctions. I would back such countries as Germany and Poland which propose tougher sanctions," the MP said.

EU foreign affairs ministers are scheduled to discuss expanding sanctions against Belarus on Thursday and Friday. According to reports, new sanctions might be targeted at influential business representatives close to the ruling regime in Belarus.

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