Meeting with Poland’s leader Duda: Tsikhanouskaya raises issue of recognising Lukashenka regime as terrorist

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Andrzej Duda. Photo: Светлана Тихановская / Telegram

On June 4, Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who arrived in Warsaw a day earlier, met with Poland’s President Andrzej Duda. Valery Kavaleuski, Tsikhanouskaya’s international affairs adviser, and Pavel Latushka, the head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration, were in the Belarusian delegation as well.

Ms. Tsikhanouskaya thanked President Duda for the initiated and adopted EU Assistance Plan for Democratic Belarus and comprehensive assistance to Belarus, i.e. Kalinowski Program, support of independent media, including Belsat TV, assistance to relocated people and businesses, support for the Centre of Belarusian Solidarity and the Belarusian House in Warsaw, the press service reports.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets with Belarusian diaspora in Warsaw

During the meeting, the participants discussed the ways of providing assistance to the parents of the arrested blogger Raman Pratasevich’s parents; hold accountable those responsible for the hijack of the Ryanair plane; speeding up the process of establishing cases of universal jurisdiction in Poland; increasing pressure on Alyaksandr Lukashenka and recognition of the regime as terrorist.

“All innocent people must be released. This cannot be bargained. We have seen in what state Raman was – he is a hostage of the regime – and we must do everything to free Raman and thousands of people who are in the same inhumane conditions,” Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya stressed.

Rafał Trzaskowski and Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Warsaw. 4 June 2021. Photo: Belsat

On Friday morning, before the meeting with President Duda, she opened the Belarusian solidarity memorial in Warsaw together with Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski; they also held a press conference.