Lukashenka invited to Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels
Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been invited to an Eastern Partnership summit, which is scheduled to be held in Brussels on November 24.
As a source familiar with the matter told BelaPAN, the European Union sent out invitations to the six member countries of the Eastern Partnership on October 6.
“President Lukashenko [Lukashenka] has been invited,” the source said. “This is to the Belarus authorities to decide and confirm level of attendance. It can take some time to receive the replies to the invitations.”
According to unofficial reports, Johannes Hahn, the EU’s commissioner for the European Neighborhood Policy and enlargement negotiations, will visit Minsk next week.
He is expected to bring the EU’s official invitation to the upcoming summit.
The previous Eastern Partnership summit took place in Riga, Latvia, in May 2015.
Belarus was represented at the summit by Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey. The organizers of the summit made it clear through diplomatic channels that the Belarusian leader was not welcome in Riga.
In February 2016, the EU lifted its entry ban on several Belarusian individuals, including Mr. Lukashenka.
The Eastern Partnership is the EU’s program for Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.