UK Imposes Sanctions On President Of Belarus, 7 Others


The meeting with the French leader would center on a possibility to organize negotiations on new presidential elections in Belarus and potential mediation of other countries, including France, Ana Krasulina, spokeswoman for Tikhanovskaya, said in a press release on Tuesday.

Earlier Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged European support for the people of Belarus after he met with opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.

Many prominent members of a council formed with the aim of arranging a transfer of power in Belarus have been arrested or have fled the country.

Both Ermoshina and Lukashenko are among 11 Belarusian officials targeted by Canadian sanctions announced on September 29, 2020.

The Russian leader is Lukashenko's main ally and has supported him financially, while also calling for stronger integration with Russia and a process of constitutional reform in Belarus.

Belarusian opposition figure and ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is now holding a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in the Lithuanian capital, she seeks France's participation in negotiations on a new presidential election in Belarus, Tikhanovskaya's press service said on Tuesday.

Belarus has been in upheaval since a 9 August presidential election in which Ms Tikhanovskaya claimed victory against the incumbent Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus since 1994.

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Police detained 150 people during protests on Saturday, Russia's RIA news agency quoted the interior ministry as saying.

Protesters have held mass rallies since Lukashenko won the disputed August election.

"It's clear he has to go", Macron told French weekly the Journal du Dimanche ahead of a trip to European Union states Lithuania and Latvia, which border Belarus. "This week, Britain announced that it would prepare sanctions against "those responsible for serious human rights violations" in coordination with the USA and Canada, although it has failed to secure the necessary unanimity among its members to implement them - a challenge that the Foreign - Policy - Head of the Unicef, Josep Borrell, said is ".

Protesters chanted "impostor" and "Sveta is our president" as they marched through Minsk and other cities decked out in red-and-white opposition colours.

"We don't accept the results of the election", the statement added.

"We have gathered to stop this regime - and we will do so by peaceful means", she said in a video message.

Mr Raab said in the wake of the election that the United Kingdom did not accept the result as he hit out at the "violence used by the Belarusian authorities to suppress" peaceful demonstrations that followed the vote.