At the COP28 climate summit in Dubai, a significant rift revealed itself among the participating nations. The presidents of Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania took a firm stance, refusing to participate in the traditional group photograph. Their reason was the presence of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, a stalwart ally of Russia and accused of facilitating illegal migration to their countries. The leaders explicitly expressed that Lukashenko did not belong to their 'family'.
Boycott Amid Climate Talks
The summit, aimed at addressing urgent climate issues, became the stage for the political divide when the leaders of the three Baltic nations chose to sit out the customary 'family photo'. Their boycott stemmed from the presence of Lukashenko, who the European Union accuses of suppressing the Belarusian opposition and aligning with Russia. The Baltic leaders, all staunch supporters of Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia, declared their decision, explaining that it would be hypocritical to stand beside Lukashenko, whose country they believe serves as a staging ground for Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
Migration Crisis and Global Implications
Lithuania, Latvia, and Poland have been at the forefront of the accusation that Minsk, under Lukashenko's regime, is orchestrating a crisis by pushing migrants to cross into the EU, an act designed to destabilize the region. The leaders of these nations have taken a strong stand, not only against the alleged migration manipulation but also against the broader geopolitical implications of Lukashenko's actions, particularly his ties with Russia.
The Human Spirit Triumphs Amid Chaos
In a separate event, Safina Namukwaya, a 70-year-old Ugandan woman, gave birth to twins following in vitro fertilization, becoming one of the oldest women in the world to give birth. Her joy and the medical team's praise of the event as more than a medical success, but a testament to the strength of the human spirit, offer a poignant contrast to the global political discord.