MINSK, 11 August (BelTA) – We must take measures in response to Lithuania's seizure of our stake in the Klaipeda port, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at a meeting convened on 11 August to discuss the steps to set up port facilities for Belarusian export, BelTA has learned.
In addition to the sanctions regarding the transportation of potash fertilizers, Lithuania also actually seized the property of a Belarusian company in Klaipeda. Since 2013 Belaruskali has owned 30% of the shares of the Klaipeda bulk cargo terminal BKT.
"Not only have they imposed illegitimate sanctions. They've also seized our property," Aleksandr Lukashenko addressed the meeting participants.
"They stole from us," Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said.
"This should not go unpunished," the president stressed. “Think of the measures we can take in the near future and in the medium term. No one is allowed to seize our property. It is not enough that they went after our sanatorium that treated Chernobyl cleanup workers [Belarus sanatorium in Latvia's Jurmala was forced to close down due to the sanctions], but they started seizing our property. That's a lot of money. Therefore, we should be taking measures today and tomorrow and the day after tomorrow."