Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya completes visit to Austria

Sebastian Kurtz and Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya

The official visit of Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has ended in the capital of Austria.

In Vienna, the former presidential candidate of Belarus met with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The parties discussed ways to peacefully resolve the political and economic crisis in the country and the possible role of Austria in this process. Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya also expressed gratitude to the Chancellor for the firm position of Austria in matters of non-recognition of the legitimacy of Alyaksandr Lukashenka and the introduction of personal sanctions against accomplices of the regime.

Sebastian Kurz said that Austria will continue to support civil society in Belarus and sanctions against the regime, and will also work with Austrian businesses that are represented in Belarus, including with A1.

“In Vienna there was a lot of discussion about Austrian companies, in particular A1 Austria Telecom, Raiffeisenbank, Kronospan and Kapsch. The Austrian government cannot order businesses what to do, but it will do everything it can to prevent Austrian companies from contributing to the regime. It was about financial transparency, about the temporary freezing of cooperation with individual companies close to Lukashenka. The major concern is with A1 Belarus. The company is practically a hostage of Lukashenka’s regime and is forced to turn off the Internet on weekends,” said Franak Vyachorka, adviser to Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya also met with representatives of President Alexander Van der Bellen, parliamentarians.

In addition, she held a meeting with OSCE representatives – just after the presentation of the Permanent Council’s report on human rights violations in Belarus. Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya took part in a round table initiated by ICEUR about organizing negotiations in Belarus and helping protesters.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Veranika Tsapkala at a meeting with the diaspora in Vienna. Screenshot

The politician also took part in a peaceful rally of the Belarusian diaspora in the center of Vienna.

“Remember, only together we can build a country for life,” she said.

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on those present to show solidarity and support.