Lithuania, Poland and Romania to ask EU Leaders to Offer Trade, Visa-Free Travel to Belarus



Andrius Sytas, Niklas Pollard and Angus MacSwan | Reuters

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania will ask European Union leaders at a summit later this week to offer a support package for Belarus if the country holds a democratic election.

The proposed package would include a favourable trade regime with the EU, visa-free travel and support in negotiations to enter the World Trade Organization, according to the statement from the three presidents to the EU leaders seen by Reuters.

Financial assistance for reforms, and help to diversify its energy sector and transition towards liberal economy was also part of the support package.

The support would only be offered after “new, democratic elections” with interational observers in the country, the Lithuanian president’s office told Reuters.

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