Nick Clegg: The Patience in European Capitals is Wearing Out

During a 15 minutes interview devoted to Belarus, Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom urged to speak louder about Belarus and take further steps to pressure Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

According to Clegg, engagement requires action on both sides and there is nearly no action on the Belarusian side, rather action backwards not forwards. He reiterated that the patience in European capitals is wearing out.  But any new sanctions must be carefully weighted against possibilities of engagement.  

He commented on Lithuanian President's statement of Daiva Gribauskaite that some opposition activists were interested in keeping the status quo.  He said that is was not the role of foreign politicians to make statements about different groups within Belarusian opposition, which have to work in incredibly difficult conditions.  

Nick Clegg said that ultimately it was up to the people of Belarus to implement changes and the role of the European Union was to stimulate conditions in which positive changes may take place. 

 

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