French president Emmanuel Macron met Belarusian opposition chief Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya throughout his go to to Lithuania on Tuesday, Tikhanovskaya’s official channel reported.
Her channel mentioned that she deliberate to debate worldwide mediation within the political standoff prompted by the August 9 presidential election in Belarus that the opposition mentioned was rigged.
Belarus has been rocked by seven weeks of protests after the nation’s president Alexander Lukashenko, who has led the nation since 1994, received a landslide victory. The vote was denounced by EU and US officers, and compelled Lukashenko to look to Moscow for help.
The opposition says that Tikhanovskaya was the rightful winner and needs new elections. According to the election committee, she received solely about 10% to Lukashenko’s 80%.
Tikhanovskaya fled into exile to Lithuania after the election. She has requested that Macron act as a political mediator. She added that the French president might encourage his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to participate within the dialogue.
During his go to to Lithuania, Macron additionally met with Lithuanian president Gitanas Nauseda late Monday. The two leaders agreed that the European Union ought to determine on sanctions in opposition to Belarus on the summit of the bloc’s leaders later this week.