Latvia: Eastern Partnership summit to invite Belarus, not personally Lukashenko


Latvia will not invite the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to take part in the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga; they will send an invitation to the State, told the Latvian radio Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.

“Now we are solving the problem by sending invitations to States and not to officials. Within two months, I think we’ll know through diplomatic channels who will present their states,” said Rinkēvičs.

Belarus will be able to decide who will go to the summit in Riga on 21-22 May. The similar practice is to be applied in relation to other countries of the Eastern Partnership.

Earlier the Latvian Foreign Ministry said that the EU and Belarus would decide together who would represent Minsk at the summit in Riga, “taking into account the development of relations and circumstances before the summit, including the issues of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.”

Commenting on this issue in a recent interview with BelaPAN, the Latvian Ambassador to Belarus Mikhails Popkovs said: “We all, the EU and partner countries, are interested in gathering representatives who influence the foreign policy of their states.”

At the previous summit of the Eastern Partnership in Vilnius in November 2013 Belarus was represented by Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei. Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Armenia were represented by their Heads of State, Moldova – by the Prime Minister.

Text by TUT.BY

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