Today, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Jüri Ratas met with Belarusian opposition representative Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. The discussions at the meeting focused on the latest developments in Belarus and the forced landing of a civil aircraft in Minsk on 23 May.
“We are following the efforts of the people of Belarus in their fight for a free and democratic future with consistent attention and support,” Ratas said. “Forcing a civil plane to land, and thereby putting the lives of the passengers and the crew in danger is unacceptable. It is a clear violation of international law and an act of terrorism committed by a state, which requires a straightforward and effective response,” Ratas said.
He emphasised that Estonia would continue to keep the issue in the focus of international organisations. The President of the Riigikogu also underlined that Estonia demanded unconditional release of Belarusian opposition activist Raman Pratasevich, who was arrested on 23 May, and other political prisoners, and supported conducting of free and fair elections in Belarus.
Tsikhanouskaya gave an overview of the recent developments in Belarus and the ways how the international community could support the civil society in Belarus. She highlighted the support to the sovereignty of Belarus, Estonia’s activities in the UN Security Council, and targeted sanctions.
Tsikhanouskaya also met with Member of the Riigikogu Urmas Reinsalu and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu Marko Mihkelson today.
Photos of the meeting (uploaded with a delay)
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