Austrian Chancellor talks with Putin about Belarus

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Telegram / tsikhanouskaya

Head of the Austrian government, with whom Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya met on April 28, recently called Putin and, among other things, discussed with him the situation in Belarus.

According to the Kremlin, the sides discussed the situation around Ukraine and Alexei Navalny, a possible meeting between Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden.

“When discussing the situation around Belarus, the Russian side stressed the unacceptability of outside interference in the internal affairs of this country,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

The Austrian side has not yet given details of the conversation.

Tsikhanouskaya’s visit to Italy continues.

Meanwhile, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who met with Sebastian Kurz on April 28, is visiting European countries. After Austria, she made a working visit to Italy. There she met with Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, his deputy Benedetto Della Vedova, Labor Minister Andrea Orlando, and also had working meetings with the leaders of the main groups of the Italian parliament and spoke at a hearing of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Italian parliament on Belarus.

They discussed how Italy could help Belarusians. Tsikhanouskaya called on Italy to be more decisive in its actions to support sanctions against Lukashenka’s regime at the European Union level – a new package will be considered in May. They also discussed the topic of negotiations to bring Belarus out of the crisis and Italy’s role in this – at the OSCE conference, roundtables with the participation of experts from the EU countries, etc.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Telegram / tsikhanouskaya

Tsikhanouskaya also spoke about Belarus at a conference at the Institute of International Relations, attended by 55 experts and specialists in international relations. During the conference, they discussed negotiation formats, ways to pressure the regime and support civil society, the effectiveness of sanctions, and what else Italy could do to help the Belarusians.

Later the Belarusian leader met with Enzo Ameldona, the Italian Minister for European Affairs; they discussed joint actions in the European Union and international organizations; they also met with ambassadors and diplomats of New Zealand, Mexico, Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Lithuania, and Poland.

On the morning of April 30, Alyaksandr Lukashenka had a telephone conversation with the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhamart Tokayev.