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Lithuania grants diplomatic status to Belarusian opposition Tsikhanouskaya's office

Source : 112 Ukraine

Similar offices of the people of Belarus to be opened in other countries soon
09:14, 6 July 2021

Belarusian opposition leader Svitlana Tsikhanouskaya
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Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has granted official status to the representative office of the leader of Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya. LRT reported it.

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"The Belarusian Democratic Representation is now an officially accredited institution in Lithuania," Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis noted. He handed the Belarus politician a corresponding accreditation note.

MFA calls this a symbolic step towards legal recognition of the Belarusian civil society and its aspirations for democratic changes in their country.

“Lithuania recognizes the democratic will expressed by the people of Belarus, a choice that has not been implemented in full,” the minister said.

Related: Tsikhanouskaya calls on EU, UK, US to jointly pressure Lukashenko

According to Svetlana Tsikhanovskaya, this means that the Belarusian people now have an official representation in the EU countries.

As reported before, the Investigative Committee of Belarus demands the extradition of ex-candidate for presidency Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya

During the 2020 presidential election in Belarus, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya was Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival. She and her supporters didn’t recognize the official election results.

Related: "Terror must be stopped once and for all": Tsikhanouskaya announces new "active" phase of Belarus protests

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