Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins has instructed Euronews that the expulsion of his diplomats from Belarus is a “fully asymmetrical response”.
All the employees of Latvia”s embassy in Minsk was ordered to depart Monday after the crimson and white flags utilized by the opposition have been flown in Riga as an alternative of the recognised state flag of Belarus.
The flag-raising occurred throughout a sporting occasion within the Latvian capital.
Chatting with Euronews exterior his resort in Brussels throughout a two-day EU leaders summit, Prime Minister Karins stated “it takes two to have good neighbourly relations.”
The feedback got here after EU leaders determined to impose all punitive measures in opposition to Belarus that have been proposed to them over the pressured touchdown of a passenger aircraft on Sunday.
Belarus authorities pulled opposition journalist Roman Pratasevich from the plane and have detained him to face trial for his involvement within the protests after final August’s disputed presidential elections.
On the behest of EU leaders, officers in Brussels at the moment are working up financial sanctions which can goal corporations and entities in Belarus – the intention being to pressure a change within the coverage of the regime of President Lukashenko.
Such sanctions have a detrimental impact on bordering EU international locations like Latvia.
However Prime Minister Karins is resolute.
“The broader sanctions will chew us as properly, however we’re keen to go down that path as a result of what the regime is solely unacceptable.”
Watch the interview within the media participant above