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The Estonia-Belarus Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) condemns yet another violation of human rights by the authorities of Belarus, during which yesterday, on 23 May, a Ryanair airplane on a direct flight from Athens to Vilnius was forced to divert to Minsk, and opposition politician Raman Pratasevich was arrested at the airport after the plane had landed. We also condemn the detention of Raman Pratasevich’s girlfriend in Belarus.

The Estonia-Belarus Parliamentary Group of the Riigikogu explicitly states that Lukashenka’s regime has once again ignored international law and the freedom of press, and continues to silence the voices of the opposition by using extreme measures. The behaviour of the authorities of Belarus cannot be tolerated.

We call on the Government of the Republic of Estonia to adopt a clear position and to give a signal at the upcoming European Council on imposing potential sanctions against the Belarus regime. We also call on all free and democratic countries to clearly express their positions by condemning the acts of the Belarusian authorities and to impose sanctions to show their disapproval of such activities. 

The statement is signed by Igor Kravtšenko, Sven Sester, Dmitri Dmitrijev, Maria Jufereva-Skuratovski, Mihhail Korb, Siret Kotka, Kalvi Kõva, Aadu Must and Paul Puustusmaa.

For more information, please contact:
Igor Kravtšenko
Chairman of the Estonia-Belarus Parliamentary Group
Phone +372 6316647
[email protected]