German Chancellor Merkel Plans to Meet Belarus’ Opposition Leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Published September 30th, 2020 - 11:30 GMT
Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels Belgium. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)
Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel arrives for a meeting with European Union leaders in Brussels Belgium. (Shutterstock/ File Photo)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will meet Belarus’ opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with her in Lithuania.

“I will soon meet the opposition leader Ms. Tsikhanouskaya,” Merkel told parliament on Wednesday.

Initial reports suggested Tsikhanouskaya would visit the German capital, Berlin, in early October, when she might meet with Merkel. The meeting, however, had not been fixed, Tsikhanouskaya’s spokeswoman Anna Krasulina had said on Tuesday.


Merkel had formerly said that she was also “seeking dialog” with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Last month, after the European Union (EU) refused to recognize Lukashenko’s re-election, Merkel said, “President Lukashenko has not yet spoken to anyone on the phone, but we are seeking dialog, and we will of course insist on certain things.”

Lukashenko won the country’s presidential election in August. Tsikhanouskaya rejected the official results of the election and claimed there had been voter fraud. Belarus has been experiencing unrest since.

Tikhanovskaya, who later fled to Lithuania in the aftermath of the election, has been rallying Western support for herself. Several Western states have thrown their weight behind the opposition protests, threatening Lukashenko with sanctions.

Earlier this month, French President Macron visited Lithuania to meet with the Belarusian opposition figure.

Lukashenko has rejected the allegations of vote rigging but proposed the drafting of a new constitution less reliant on the head of state.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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