Lithuania at unexpected forefront in Belarus democracy push

VILNIUS, Lithuania A white and red Belarusian flag is draped over an angel statue outside the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry building in Vilnius.

The symbol of this Baltic capital also reflects Lithuania’s unexpected role as chief harbinger of democratic transition in the Russia-aligned nation suffering widespread human rights abuses just 20 miles across its southern border.

“It was not this task to take some leadership role,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told the Washington Examiner Wednesday in his Vilnius office. “Vilnius is the place for those who are suffering because of the oppression.”

Hundreds of thousands of protesters again gathered in
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