The three European Union (EU) member states are proposing a preferential trade regime, the possibility of entering the EU without a visa and supporting Belarus’ candidacy for membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO), Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in a statement.
Vilnius, Warsaw and Bucharest are also urging financial aid and reforms, diversification of the energy sector and the transition to a market economy in Belarus, Reuters reports, according to news.ro.
In a statement, Lithuanian, Polish Andrezej Duda and Romanian heads of state Klaus Iohannis evoked “proposals for a democratic Belarus”.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday expressed his desire for the EU to provide Belarus with aid worth at least 1 billion euros, as part of a “Marshall Plan” for the reconstruction of the former Soviet republic, affected by an unprecedented challenge to re-election controversial in early August of 26-year-old Alexander Lukashenko.
Lukashenko’s rival in the elections, Svetlana Tshanouskaya, fled to Lithuania after the violent repression of the first demonstrations in Minsk.