“Germany and the EU are watching”

If the Canadian Foreign Minister wants to talk about one of the most important global political events of these days, he doesn’t call Brussels, Berlin or Paris. Canada’s top diplomat Francois-Philippe Champagne turned to its counterpart in Lithuania at the weekend. He thanked the Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius for the leadership role the country has taken to help Belarus during this difficult time.

The events in Belarus since election day surprised even long-time Belarus experts. Practically no one expected such a strong nationwide protest movement against the previous head of state Alexander Lukashenko.

But while diplomats from other European countries were still trying to get a picture of the situation, the Lithuanian government went much further. As the opposition candidate in Minsk Svetlana Tichanovskaya disappeared for several hours the day after the election and could not be reached, it was Lithuania’s foreign minister Linkevicius, who sounded the alarm in a tweet expressing concern for their safety.

Meanwhile is Tichanovskaya even in Lithuania, during the election campaign she had already sent her children there to be on the safe side.

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