Polish, Lithuanian PMs sign declaration on Belarus

Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The Polish and Lithuanian prime ministers, Mateusz Morawiecki and Saulius Skvernelis, signed a declaration in Vilnius on Thursday stating that the two countries' support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Belarus.

The document also said that the two countries' governments support "the aspirations of the Belarusian nation to live in a free and democratic state, governed by leaders chosen in free and fair elections." The declaration went on to lament "the reluctance of state leaders to grant the legitimate expectations of civil society."

The two heads of government condemned violence and other forms of force and called for free and fair presidential elections to be held as soon as possible.

The document highlighted the Polish and Lithuanian governments' support for repressed people in Belarus and expressed readiness to continue their efforts on the international arena.