On 9 September 2021, the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly adopted the Statement regarding hybrid attacks of the regime of Alexander Lukashenko targeting Lithuania, Latvia and Poland.
Supporting the civil society in Belarus
The members of the Presidium highlight that the Baltic states and Poland have been vocal and active in supporting the civil society in Belarus and their democratic attempts to choose their leadership and direction of the country ever since the fraudulent presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August 2020. The Baltic states as free, democratic and strong nations will continue to support the Belarusian society demanding respect for its human rights and fundamental democratic freedoms. Currently, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland are being punished for these actions as the regime of Alexander Lukashenko carries our hybrid attacks in the border areas with Belarus. The security of our countries and the European Union are tested with crowds of illegal migrants from the Middle East and Western Africa.
Aggression and violations of the international law executed by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko
The members of the Presidium of the Baltic Assembly believe that the recent attacks towards Lithuania, Latvia and Poland show the magnitude of the aggression and violations of the international law executed by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. The regime has shown the Member States that it is not afraid to threaten the external border of the EU and such behaviour cannot be ignored. It is important to send a clear signal by the EU that this is a priority and hybrid attacks towards any of the Members States will not be tolerated. We call for the institutions of the EU to strengthen their response towards the violations and attacks by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko and find a sustainable solution to face the new migration crisis close to the EU external border. We strongly support the cooperation of the Baltic states on all levels of governance and call for even closer cooperation of our countries as history has taught us well – the real power lies in the Baltic unity.
Baltic states are solid and will not be intimidated into silence
The Baltic parliamentarians reiterate that the Baltic states are solid and will not be intimidated into silence. Our countries will continue to support freedom, democracy, rule of law and civil society, and the plurality of information thus will continue to show full support for the people of Belarus in their struggle for a legitimate leader of their country. The regime of Alexander Lukashenko is out of control, it does not respect the international community and is ready to use other people's lives to maintain power, and this cannot be tolerated. The Baltic Assembly invites the Baltic states, the EU and the whole international community to work together to step back on the path to security and stability in the region.