Lithuania warns Belarus and summons envoy
AFP/The Local · 15 Aug 2012, 07:30
Published: 15 Aug 2012 07:30 GMT+02:00
The row erupted after Swedish activists illegally flew a plane into Belarus from Lithuania last month, dropping hundreds of teddy bears attached to little parachutes bearing signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights.
Belarus expelled Swedish diplomats last week and threatened consequences
But Lithuania warned Tuesday that Minsk's move would "have an impact on
relations between the EU and Belarus".
Regarding "the recent actions in Belarus, the EU intends to consider restraining political contacts with Belarus," Lithuania's foreign ministry said in a statement.
The European Union on Friday said it would send a "very clear message" to
Minsk but shied away from a mooted mass diplomatic withdrawal.
Lithuania, which joined NATO and the EU in 2004, said it was considering
Belarus' request to investigate an alleged violations of the state border.
In an open letter to the Belarusian published on Tuesday, the Swedes mocked his authority and invited him to come to Sweden instead, demanding that all political prisoners be released.