EU foreign policy "undermined" says Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius

The European Union's lack of action over Belarus is undermining the credibility of its foreign policy, Lithuanian foreign affairs minister Linas Linkevicius told the Financial Times newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

Linkevicius said in the interview, adding that the bloc should provide "concrete help" to Belarus' opposition, in order to counter Russian influence.

"Sometimes we react too late and our measures are fragmented and aren't making any impression on society or the people in power," Linkevicius said.

"When we will not stand true on our national commitments, it will shatter our own foundation", he said. "Belarusian people should not feel deserted."

Linkevicius said that he would have preferred the EU to wield sanctions, as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have already done against President Alexander Lukashenko and 29 other Belarusian officials.

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