Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish leaders refuse to take photo with Lukashenko
Saturday, 02 December, 2023, 10:06
The Lithuanian, Latvian and Polish presidents on Friday boycotted the so-called "family photo" at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai, as Belarus' authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko posed for it.
"It would be hypocritical to stand shoulder to shoulder with the leader of a country that became a staging ground for Russia's aggression against Ukraine and, as if nothing happened, discuss the future of the world and climate change," Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said in a comment sent to BNS by his office.
"The Belarusian regime is contributing to the destruction of the world's future and, along with Russia, is responsible for what is happening in Ukraine, from the loss of human lives to the catastrophic impact on the environment," Nauseda said.
"This is called a family photo. Lukashenko does not belong to the family we want to be a part of," he added.
Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics and Polish President Andrzej Duda also refused to pose for the COP28 "family photo" in Dubai.
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