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Tiny Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

WARSAW, Poland — Lithuania is relatively small by European Union measures, but it is playing an outsized role as protesters in neighbouring Belarus face a brutal law enforcement crackdown following a presidential election they say was rigged.
As the EU’s foreign ministers meet Friday to discuss the crisis, the Lithuanian government’s strong pro-democracy voice rooted in decades of resisting Soviet control also serves as a reminder of the bloc’s uneven response so far.
Lithuania has given refuge to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the main opposition challenger in Sunday’s disputed election that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko claims to have won with 80% of the vote …read more

Source:: National Newswatch