Marius Laurinavičius
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Policy of Lithuania in relation to the authoritarian regime will be based on the priority of democratic values.

About this site Charter97.org said a senior analyst at the Vilnius Institute of policy analysis Marius laurinavičius, commenting on the election of Gitanas Nausea the President of Lithuania.

– How do you assess the results of the presidential elections in Lithuania? What does the victory of the Nausea?

– In Lithuania is dominated by the view that a significant difference between the two candidates of the second round was not. Therefore, a sharp confrontation between the two electoral groups was not observed. Although the gap in the second round between the candidates was quite large, but such a mood in society that someone won and someone lost, not felt.

Even those who voted for Ingrida Simonyte, was satisfied because the elections were won by Pro-European candidate who adheres to the values that are important to the majority of Lithuanian citizens.

It can be argued that in the Lithuanian society is now dominated by optimism about the newly elected President, some negative sentiment even among those who voted for the opponent of Gitanas Nausea, can not be traced.

I think that the main result and the main feature of this victory is the growth of political optimism in the country.

– What might be the policy of the newly elected President in Belarus? Whether to keep it principled position of its predecessor in relation to the Lukashenko regime?

– Here we need to talk about two different positions Dalia Grybauskaite, who began his first term with the fact that trying to build relations with the Lukashenka regime. But it did not happen and Lithuania’s policy changed, and in the future always remained fundamental.

About Gitanas Nausea I want to note: there are no circumstances which would speak about the fact that the newly elected President of Lithuania would have changed somehow policy towards the Belarusian regime.

In all debates, which raised the question, he said basically in relation to the Lukashenko regime. Therefore, there is every reason to believe that he will continue the same fundamental policies. Some drastic changes I would not expect.

– And in respect of the position of Lithuania for the Belarusian NPP?

– As far as can be judged by the statements of the newly elected President, principled position on this issue is inevitable, and Lithuania will remain the same as it was.

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