#84: 'We are open for a discussion with Russia'
She met them all: Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Dutch premier Mark Rutte. But not the Russians, officially. Although she would like to have a cup of coffee with Sergey Lavrov, the Russian minister of Foreign Affairs. In an exclusive interview, Geert Jan Hahn and Floris Akkerman from Dutch podcast Perestrojkast talk with Belarussian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, to mark half a year of protests in her home country.
Originele versie | #84: Exclusief interview - Svetlana Tichanovskaja in BNR Perestrojkast
In this podcast Tikhanovskaya talks about her willingness to speak with Moscow, her disappointment in the EU, new sanctions and her faith in having a Belarus without Lukashenko as president.
Tikhanovskaya lives in exile in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius from where she is fighting for a Belarus without Lukashenko, the authoritarian leader who claimed a landslide victory in August, while the opposition accused him of electoral fraud. The EU sees Lukashenko's inauguration as illegitimate and imposed sanctions against him and other members of the regime.
Tikhanovskaya is looking for support within the European Union, and therefore visited Berlin, The Hague, Stockholm and many more places. She met the French president in Vilnius. Now she is with us from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, to elaborate extensively on what’s currently going on in her motherhood.
Belarussian opposition leader:
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