24 July 2019, Wednesday, 10:50
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Mikalai Statkevich, Pavel Seviarynets Speak At Lithuanian Seimas

MIKALAI STATKEVICH

The Committee on International Affairs held hearings on Belarus.

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Lithuanian Seimas held hearings on relations with Belarus and the situation in our country.

One of the leaders of the Belarusian National Congress, Chairman of the Narodnaya Hramada party Mikalai Statkevich and Co-Chairman of the steering committee for the creation of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party Pavel Seviarynets were invited from Belarus to the Lithuanian Seimas.

Mikalai Statkevich reported the details of the visit of Belarusian opposition politicians to Vilnius, to Charter97.org:

- The Belarusian theme is of great interest among the deputies of the Seimas of Lithuania, the representatives of the Foreign Ministry and the Lithuanian media.

In Lithuania, the president of the country is changing once again, who appoints the Minister of Foreign Affairs, so the Lithuanian politics faces quite an acute question of how the relations with Belarus will develop: should they cooperate with Lukashenka or not? In addition, Lithuanian politicians are concerned about the issue of the Belarusian NPP, located 50 kilometers from Vilnius.

Pavel Seviarynets, in his speech speech at the Lithuanian Seimas, told about the demolition of crosses by the Belarusian authorities before Easter and the struggle to preserve the national memorial in Kurapaty, as well as the struggle of activists against the construction of the Astravets nuclear power plant.

In my speech, I focused on the false stereotype of the Western politicians that Lukashenka is “a defender of Belarusian independence.”

I showed the Lithuanian parliamentarians that Lukashenka does not defend the independence of Belarus - he is fighting for Russian subsidies, that is, for a certain form of dependence on Russia.

We all know, following the example of the countries that emerged after the collapse of the USSR, how to strengthen independence. The basis of this is a self-sufficient, reformed economy, the principle of public dialogue in politics, patriotic education of citizens, information security. But Lukashenka does not do any of this - he does just the opposite. He only wants to save his power.

However, on his post, Lukashenka is simply the figure of Putin, and his presence on this position is necessary for the Kremlin's purposes. Putin is currently an older authoritarian politician whose popularity is plummeting. It is unlikely that he will be able to change the constitution of the Russian Federation in order to remain in power again: such a move on the part of an elderly ruler, who is losing popularity, can cause protests by a significant part of Russians.But the accession of more territories will go with a big plus for Putin. He will be able to regain his popularity as the leader of the so-called “union state”.

The threat to Belarus is more than real, but Lukashenka does nothing to protect the independence of the country. He is simply trying to bargain for the preservation of his economic "kolkhoz", his power in the scope he himself finds acceptable.

I also told the Lithuanian MPs about the work of the Belarusian National Congress in order to lead the protest 80% majority of Belarusians and offer them patriotic leadership. For this we will use the parliamentary and presidential elections.

I told the Lithuanian politicians about the violation of the rights of the BNC leaders to participate in the elections – this refers to me, Andrei Sannikov, Henadz Fiadynich.

Lithuania should know that we will fight for our country and its independence. We are very grateful to Lithuania for solidarity (unfortunately, at the official level, except for the Republic of Lithuania, most EU countries do not show it). Too many start a strange game with the dictator.

However, Lukashenka is not a defender of the Belarusian independence. He is the main threat to the independence of Belarus.

- Have the Lithuanian MPs heard your arguments?

- I think they have. Žigis Pavilenis, who organized our performance in the Seimas, summarized that our position is clear and one cannot have affairs with this person (A. Lukashenka - ed.). He also added that it is necessary to form an international coalition in the EU in order to fight against a nuclear power plant, which is dangerous for Lithuania.

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