Latvia freezes relations with Belarus for indefinite time

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, Latvia does not reject a possibility of normalization of the situation in the future
15:58, 28 May 2021

Ambassador of Latvia to Belarus Einars Semanis

Ambassador of Latvia to Belarus Einars Semanis called the relations of Riga and Minsk frozen for an indefinite time as LSM reported.

“The ambassador said that from the point of view of the diplomatic terminology, the relations of Latvia and Belarus are frozen,” the message said.

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The ambassador noted that the Latvian diplomats are not on the blacklist of Belarus and it inspires hope – if relations between two countries normalize, the diplomats can return to embassies. However, it is impossible to predict how much time will be needed.

Earlier, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis called for sanctions on Belarus over the Ryanair incident and the arrest of opposition leader Roman Protasevich.

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On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.

The EU stated that the plane of Ryanair Company was forced to land at Minsk Airport due to the actions of the Belarusian military aircraft. CEO of Ryanair Michael O'Leary stated that the forcible landing of Athens-Vilnius flight in Belarus was highjacking backed by the state.

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Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.


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