On Thursday, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou received the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who informed her about the situation in her country, the ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ agency reports, referring to a statement by the presidential administration.
The President of the Greek Republic, during a meeting with the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, expressed hope for a quick solution to the crisis in Belarus. Ms. Sakellaropulu emphasized the bonds of friendship uniting the two peoples, and the leader of the Belarusian opposition informed her about the situation in her country.
Tikhanovskaya arrived in Greece at the invitation of the country’s Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. Their conversation in a teleconference format took place on April 22. As the official representative of the Greek Foreign Ministry Alexandros Papaioannou said earlier, Tikhanovskaya “now lives in one of the EU countries, met with many European representatives, both heads of government and foreign ministers, and in this context she requested a conversation with the Greek Foreign Minister” …
On May 14, the failed President of Belarus took part in the Delphic Forum, where she met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias. “We discussed the situation in Belarus and stressed the need to resolve the crisis through dialogue, with respect for democracy and human rights,” Nikos Dendias wrote about the meeting on Twitter.
I met with Belarusian opposition leader @Tsihanouskaya on the sidelines of #delphiforum… We discussed the situation in #Belarus & reiterated the need to resolve crisis through dialogue, in respect of democracy & human rights. pic.twitter.com/cWgdLbM1Mf
– Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) May 14, 2021
In addition to meetings with Greek officials, Tikhanovskaya plans to hold a series of lectures on the situation in Belarus and meet with representatives of Greek NGOs and human rights organizations.
After the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, in which Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time, who, according to the CEC, gained 80.1% of the vote, mass opposition protests began in the country, to suppress which the security forces used special means and special equipment.
The opposition considers Tikhanovskaya to be the winner of the election, claiming the election was rigged by Lukashenko’s administration.
In Belarus, criminal cases have been initiated against Tikhanovskaya and a number of opposition leaders, including calls for the seizure of power, the creation of an extremist group, a conspiracy to seize state power by unconstitutional means, and an attempted terrorist attack. Tikhanovskaya herself, who left Belarus, is also a defendant in criminal cases and is included in the list of persons involved in terrorist activities. Minsk is seeking her extradition.