Eastern Europe

Tsikhanouskaya urges European Parliament to abolish visas for Belarusians

19:10, 15 December 2020
Tsikhanouskaya urges European Parliament to abolish visas for Belarusians Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa/Global Look Press

Former presidential candidate of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke at joint hearings of the committees on development, foreign affairs, and the subcommittee on human rights of the European Parliament.

She turned to European officials with several proposals and demands regarding the support of the Belarusian population and the opposition.

In particular, Tsikhanouskaya asked for assistance in abolishing visas to EU countries for citizens of Belarus.

I urge you to consider the possibility of abolishing Schengen and national visas for Belarusians arriving in the EU, she said.

Tsikhanouskaya continues to insist that the EU provide any assistance to the Belarusian people, avoiding unnecessary contacts with the current authorities of the country and with President Alexander Lukashenko.

She believes that it is necessary to prevent the contacts of European business with Lukashenko and his associates.

There should be zero tolerance on this issue, said Tsikhanouskaya.

The EU will continue pressure on Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko until he makes concessions to the opposition, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, NEWS.ru reported earlier.

Protests in Belarus have been going on since early August. The reason is the official results of the presidential elections. The protesters disagree with the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko. They are confident that the results were falsified and that the real winner was the united opposition candidate Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The protesters demand Lukashenko’s resignation and new elections.