Baltic, Polish leaders reportedly decline 'family photo' with Lukashenko at Dubai summit
Alexander Lukashenko (Photo: EPA, ALI HAIDER)

The presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland Gitanas Nausėda, Edgars Rinkēvičs and Andrzej Duda refused to take a "family photo" with the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko at the UN conference on climate change in Dubai, reported LRT.

"It would be hypocritical to stand side by side with the leader of a country that has become a springboard for Russian aggression against Ukraine. This is called a family photo. Lukashenko is not part of the family we want to belong to," Nausėda stated.

The Lithuanian president emphasized that Lukashenko's regime "contributes to the destruction of the future world and, together with Russia, is responsible for what is happening in Ukraine – from the death of people to the catastrophic impact on the environment."

On July 18, MEPs called on the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Lukashenko for his involvement in the abduction of Ukrainian children.

On December 12, 2022, the mass media wrote that in Belarus doctors are served with summonses from the military commissariats.

On December 15, the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Valerii Zaluzhnyi, said that the Russian offensive may begin not from Donbas, but towards Kyiv, in the Belarusian or southern direction.

On December 29, the General Staff of the Armed Forces reported that the Russian military had concentrated 22,000 people on the northern borders of Ukraine.

On the same day, the ambassador of Ukraine to Belarus, Ihor Kizim, said that the Republic of Belarus was preparing for war, although Lukashenko would resist it to the last.