Foreign Minister: Only Belarusians can determine fate of Belarus

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It is often the impression that the fate of Belarusians is decided everywhere but Belarus, the Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs (“New Unity”) said in an interview on Latvian Television  August 19.

“I am concerned that many leaders are talking about Belarus with Russia at the moment, but less perhaps with the Belarusians themselves,” said Rinkēvičs. He pointed out that only the Belarusian people can choose what national development course to follow.

“It will not be decided in Moscow or Paris or in Riga, it will be decided in Minsk, Gomel, Brest. We simply have to do everything, perhaps also in cooperation with Russia, if it is prepared to engage constructively,” the Minister said.

He said that diplomatic pressure and efforts must continue.

“We see that [the nation's] movement is huge, we will support it without being involved in the internal affairs of Belarus. There are enough ways to do this,” Rinkēvičs added.

He said that only in movies and social networks will everything solve within a few hours or days. In real life, both internationally and nationally, is much more complicated.

Speaking about the statement adopted unanimously by the Saeima on the Belarusian elections, Rinkēvičs said it pointed to strong support from Latvia for a change in Belarus.

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