France’s Macron meets with Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius, vows support in talks

Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya obtained the support of France’s President Emmanuel Macron; they met in Lithuania on September, 29.

According to the Belarusian politician, the French leader told her that France would provide its assistance in the talks on settling the current grave situation and releasing political prisoners in Belarus. President Macron promised to do everything they can to help in the negotiations over the political crisis in the country, Tsikhanouskaya said after today’s meeting.

“We must be pragmatic and support the people of Belarus. We will make every effort, believe me <…> As Europeans, we will do our best to help to resume the OSCE mediation and make progress,” Emmanuel Macron stated.

In the run-up to the meeting, the French leader announced his intention to pay his respect to protesters and Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya in particular.

“Given her personal and family situation, she acted very boldly. Therefore, I would like to thank her for her resolve, as well as all Belarusian people who mustered their courage,” he stressed.

A few days ago, when granting an interview to Le Journal du Dimanche, Emmanuel Macron urged Alyaksandr Lukashenka to voluntarily leave the post of head of Belarus and expressed support for peaceful protesters. In response, Lukashenka advised Macron to ‘focus on the internal affairs of France’ and called him an ‘immature’ politician.

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On Tuesday, Emmanuel Macron is also expected to visit French troops serving within the NATO battalion in Lithuania and stationed in Rukla.