Thanks for detailed response!

Relations of Lithuanians with Russians , Poles , English or any other ethnicity does not influence us. There are autochthonous Lithuanians living in Belarus and autochtonous Belarusians living in Lithuania.  I played with Belarusian Lithuanians when I was a child. We didn’t see any difference between us.

Our Lithuanians are patriots of Belarus. They are more Belarusian speaking than Belarusians in south-eastern Belarus.

Often, I am tempted to say Lithuanians are like us. Just want to accept them into our community. But knowing how important for Lithuanians and Latvians to keep  separate identities from Slavs , who culturally influenced and assimilated many of them, I always say they are separate from the Slavs.