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COP28: Three presidents boycott photo over Lukashenko

Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian protest against strongman

01 December, 12:25

(ANSA-AFP) - VILNIUS, DEC 1 - Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian presidents on Friday refused to pose for a family photo with world leaders at the COP28 climate summit over the presence of Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko. The heads of states and governments that gathered in Dubai for the UN climate talks were joined by Lukashenko, accused by the European Union of cracking down on the Belarusian opposition and allying with Russia. The leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Poland -- all staunch supporters of Ukraine as it fights off Russian aggression -- cited Lukashenko's presence as reason for boycotting the traditional opening photograph at COP28.

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