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Lithuania, Poland and Romania to Ask EU Leaders to Offer Trade, Visa-Free Travel to Belarus | World News

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The presidents of Lithuania, Poland and Romania will ask European Union leaders at a summit later this week to offer a support package for Belarus if the country holds a democratic election.

The proposed package would include a favourable trade regime with the EU, visa-free travel and support in negotiations to enter the World Trade Organization, according to the statement from the three presidents to the EU leaders seen by Reuters.

Financial assistance for reforms, and help to diversify its energy sector and transition towards liberal economy was also part of the support package.

The support would only be offered after “new, democratic elections” with interational observers in the country, the Lithuanian president’s office told Reuters.

“If Belarus citizens decide to undergo political and economic reforms in the country, to establish independent institutions to defend human rights and freedom of speech – we will help with our

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Visegrad Four to Present EU New Belarus Support Package | World News

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Visegrad Four grouping of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia wants to propose visa-free movement for Belarusian citizens and a support package for Belarus at an EU summit, Poland’s prime minister said on Friday.

At talks in the eastern Polish city of Lublin, the Visegrad Four reiterated a call for a new election in Belarus, where protesters have been demanding the end of President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule, and said the protests needed support.

Further sanctions against Belarusian officials are expected to be discussed at the Sept. 24-25 EU summit.

Lukashenko denies rigging an Aug. 9 presidential election, which official results said he won by a landslide, and has cracked down hard on the protesters demanding his resignation.

“We want to propose an offer of economic cooperation for the future … We want to propose visa-free travel for Belarusian citizens and this economic package for

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Visegrad Four to present EU new Belarus support package

WARSAW (Reuters) – The Visegrad Four grouping of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia wants to propose visa-free movement for Belarusian citizens and a support package for Belarus at an EU summit, Poland’s prime minister said on Friday.

At talks in the eastern Polish city of Lublin, the Visegrad Four reiterated a call for a new election in Belarus, where protesters have been demanding the end of President Alexander Lukashenko’s 26-year rule, and said the protests needed support.

Further sanctions against Belarusian officials are expected to be discussed at the Sept. 24-25 EU summit.

Lukashenko denies rigging an Aug. 9 presidential election, which official results said he won by a landslide, and has cracked down hard on the protesters demanding his resignation.

“We want to propose an offer of economic cooperation for the future … We want to propose visa-free travel for Belarusian citizens and this economic package for

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Central European leaders discuss Belarus, fighting COVID-19

The prime ministers of four central European countries were meeting Friday to discuss the political crisis over a disputed presidential election in Belarus, relations with Russia and fighting COVID-19 as they gear up for a European Union summit later this month.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki was to brief his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary on his talks in Warsaw this week with Belarusian opposition leaders. They plan to discuss the best forms of support for Belarusian civic society.

Belarus has seen a month of street protests against the results of the country’s Aug. 9 presidential election, which is widely believed to have been rigged. President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term with 80% of the vote, and protesters are demanding he step down after 26 years of ruling Belarus with an iron fist.

Other subjects on Friday’s agenda for the prime ministers of Europe’s Visegrad Group

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