By Matthew Roscoe •
Published: 11 Oct 2022 • 15:01
Exiled-Belarusian democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya set to address MEPs about "oppressive regime under dictator Lukashenko". Image: Lukas.krajco/Shutterstock.com
According to a European Parliament update on Tuesday, October 11, exiled-Belarusian democratic leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is set to address MEPs about the “oppressive regime under dictator Lukashenko”.
“Ms Tsikhanouskaya currently lives in exile in Lithuania, having been forced to flee her home country following the fraudulent presidential elections in 2020,” a statement read.
“She is expected to primarily outline her views to the Foreign Affairs Committee on the war in Ukraine and the role of Belarus in the conflict, as well as comment on the latest political situation in Belarus, which is still ruled by an oppressive regime under dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko.”
It added: “Ms Tsikhanouskaya last addressed MEPs in 2021 when she urged Europe to “face autocracy more proactively”. Together with other leaders of the democratic opposition in Belarus, she also received the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2020.”
Ms Tsikhanouskaya will attend the committee meeting in person on Thursday, October 13, at 10.30 am (CEST).
The news of Tsikhanouskaya’s scheduled address at the Foreign Affairs Committee comes after Belarus officially announced it was joining Russia in the war against Ukraine.
The leaders of Belarus and Russia Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko agreed to deploy a joint regional grouping of troops to Ukraine, the Belarusian leader said on Monday, October 10.
“Due to the aggravation on the western borders of the Union State, we have agreed to deploy a regional grouping of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus. This is all in accordance with our documents. If the threat level reaches the current level, as it is now, we start deploying the Union State grouping,” Lukashenko said at the time.
“The backbone – I have always talked about this – of this grouping is the army, the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus. I have to inform you that the formation of this grouping has begun. It has been underway for, I think, two days already. My order was given to us to start forming this group,” he added.
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