Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s visit to the United Kingdom started on August, 3.
Upon her arrival at Downing Street 10, she was welcomed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson who voiced support for democratic opposition and civil society in Belarus.
“We are very much on your side, we are very much supportive of what you are doing. It’s great to see you,” Reuters quotes Johnson.
Boris Johnson condemned the Lukashenka regime’s severe human rights violations and persecution of pro-democracy figures, including both Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and her husband, Syarhei Tsikhanouski.
“The Prime Minister outlined the steps the UK has taken to hold the regime to account, including placing sanctions on Lukashenka himself. He stressed the UK’s commitment to the Belarusian people, in particular through tripling our financial support to Belarusian civil society this year,” gov.uk reports.
It was a great honour to welcome the very courageous @Tsihanouskaya to Downing Street today.
The United Kingdom stands with her and the Belarusian people in supporting democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Belarus. pic.twitter.com/hMZyWMqC9O
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) August 3, 2021
Tsikhanouskaya is also expected to have a meeting with Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and hold a public discussion on the United Kingdom’s role in the struggle for democracy in Belarus.
Last week, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya completed her two-week visit to the United States; she met with a number of top US officials, including President Joe Biden. The politician urged the United States to support her call for mediated negotiations leading to a new presidential election in Belarus under international observation.