Latvia will continue to support civil society in Belarus

On April 1 2022 in Tallinn, Estonia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, met with the rightful leader of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for a discussion on issues related to the war launched by Russia on Ukraine and the ways to support Belarusian civil society.

Edgars Rinkēvičs commended Tsikhanouskaya’s efforts of appealing to the Belarusian society and condemning Russia’s war against Ukraine, a war supported by the Lukashenko regime. The Minister underlined that Latvia would continue standing up for strong economic sanctions against Lukashenko’s regime. The parties to the conversation agreed that a situation in which Russia uses Belarus to circumvent economic sanctions cannot be tolerated, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in an account of the meeting. 

The Latvian Foreign Minister confirmed that Latvia would further assist the Belarusian civil society in its efforts to establish a free and democratic Belarus. Edgars Rinkēvičs informed the Belarusian side about a grant competition for development cooperation projects announced by the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in March, one of the priorities of which is support for civil society in Belarus. The Minister invited Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to prepare and submit project applications together with Latvian partners.

Edgars Rinkēvičs with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Tallinn
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