Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya held negotiations with the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen

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На русском языке: Светлана Тихановская провела переговоры с главой Еврокомиссии Урсулой фон дер Ляйен
На беларускай мове: Святлана Ціханоўская правяла перамовы з кіраўніцай Еўракамісіі Урсулай фон дэр Ляен

During the UN General Assembly session, the head of the United Transition Cabinet of Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with the president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. The European Commission is the main executive body of the EU – an analogue of the national government. It’s notable that this was their second meeting since 2020 and the first since the creation of the main executive body of Belarus in August of this year.

Tsikhanouskaya focused on the risks posed to Belarus’ independence by Putin’s recent decision on mobilization due to the success of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

During the meeting, the national leader called on the president for:
Maintaining and stepping up sanctions against the regime and its supporters to deprive them of resources for carrying out repressions and pressure them to release political prisoners;
Declaring illegal the legislation on depriving the regime’s opponents of Belarusian citizenship.

At the same time, the Belarusian leader emphasized the importance of maintaining the EU visa facilitation agreement with Belarus and taking new practical steps to resolve migration issues.

The leaders also discussed allocating additional EU funds to support civil society in Belarus: human rights defenders, media, cultural, educational, youth and sports initiatives. This year, EU assistance to Belarus has amounted to 30 million euros. Considering that it has become more complicated for the civil society of Belarus to work since the war started. The Cabinet is holding negotiations with the European Union on increasing the assistance for Belarus for the next fiscal year.

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