Igor Guz, a deputy chief of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine’s Verkhovna rada and a member of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, has denied entry to Belarus at the border crossing point ‘Dolsk – Mahro’ on Monday.
As a reason for the denial, the Belarusian border guards referred to the request made by ‘Russian colleagues’ from ‘relevant authorities’.
Igor Gus was to have met with the families of the Belarusian volunteers fighting for Ukraine. The Ukrainian MP and Belarusian politicians Pavel Sevyarynets and Mikalai Statkevich were also expected to participate in the press conference ‘Belarus and Ukraine in the face of losing independence’.
As reported earlier, in mid April Igor Guz urged the Ukrainian leadership and law enforcement agencies not to sanction the extradition of foreign citizens who fought for Ukraine in Donbas. The MP recalled that the homes of Belarusian volunteers had been recently searched and stressed that Lukashenka’s regime continues to exert psychological pressure on their families. According to Guz, the Belarusian KGB and Alyaksandr Lukashenka himself are trying to persuade the Ukrainian authorities to deliver the volunteers to Belarus where they will face trial then.
The deputy promised to further promote the initiative of calling a moratorium on the extradition of foreigners defending Ukraine.