Lithuania: Pres. Nauseda presses for more restrictions on Belarusians

Lithuania’s President, Gitanas Nauseda, called for revising existing national sanctions laws to impose stricter entry restrictions on Belarusian citizens, LRT reports. Speaking in an interview with BNS, Nauseda cited concerns over the potential presence of mercenaries from Russia’s private military company, Wagner Group, in Belarus. Parliamentary speaker Viktorija Cmilyte-Nielsen argued that there was no need to revise the law solely based on the presence of the Wagner Group in Belarus. Earlier, Nauseda vetoed a law which introduced differentiated restrictions on Belarusian and Russian citizens, but the parliament later overturned his veto. Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called for lighter restrictions on Belarusians.