In an interview with RFE/RL, Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya announced her intention to visit Kyiv; she might arrive in the capital city after the Ukrainian local elections scheduled for October, 25 take place.
The politician also thanked Ukraine for its firm stance on the recent developments in Belarus.
“We are very glad that Ukraine, particularly its Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, has taken a hard line on Belarus; they [Ukrainians] are ready to endorse [the idea of imposing] sanctions [on the Belarusian authorities]. There might be their own [black] list, or they may back the restrictions introduced by the European Union. This is an obvious sign of support for the fighting Belarusians,” Tsikhanouskaya stressed.
Tsikhanouskaya believes that Minsk and Kyiv should build mutually beneficial and partnership relations, because Ukrainians and Belarusians are ‘historically and culturally linked’.
The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada did not recognise the official results of the 2020 presidential election in Belarus. On October 13, Dmytro Kuleba announced that Ukraine would join the sanctions that the EU levied on the country.
“As for any new sanctions, we’ll be acting according to an agreed algorithm, that is, first the European Union adopts sanctions and then we consider joining them,” news agency UNIAN quotes the top diplomat.
On October 13, Tsikhanouskaya’s team published the text of People’s Ultimatum they are going to issue to Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Belarusian officials. They strongly urge the regime to fulfil the following demands in the near future: Lukashenka’s announcing his resignation; putting an end to police violence in the streets; releasing all political prisoners.
On Thursday, the Belarusian authorities have included Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya on the interstate wanted list under Article 361-3 of the Belarusian Criminal Code (‘calls for overthrowing the constitutional order’).