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President Kaljulaid met with the Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

President Kaljulaid met with the Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya © Mattias Tammet/Office of the President

21.01.2021

It is the duty of the free world to ensure that the people of Belarus receive a voice and the freedom to choose their future, President Kersti Kaljulaid stated today when meeting the leader of the opposition of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

The political situation in Belarus and the more than five months of continuous protests were discussed at the meeting. “Violence towards protestors continues and there are no signs of trustworthy inclusive dialogue from the state. The courage of Belarusian citizens is admirable, who continue the peaceful protests  for democracy and their basic rights in spite of the cruel repercussions of the authorities,” said President Kaljulaid at the meeting.

Baltic countries and Poland were among the first to draw attention to the situation in Belarus. Estonia, Europe and other democratic countries continue to strive in order that the question of Belarus would continue to be raised in international organisations: “It is the duty of the free world to ensure that the people of Belarus receive a voice and the freedom to choose their future. It is clear that for Belarus the way forward can only be with inclusive dialogue from the state and new democratic elections,” the President of Estonia stressed at the meeting.

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya travelled to Estonia to participate tomorrow in the non-official high level virtual meeting of the UN Security Council organized by Estonia.