Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the Belarusian opposition leader, has called on European countries in Berlin to continue to put pressure on President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s regime.
She asks the European Union to impose even more sanctions.
Tichanovskaya has raised in a press conference in Berlin that the pressure on Lukashenko’s regime must be exerted both inside and outside Belarus.
In addition to the demonstrations of hundreds of thousands of Belarusians, she calls on all leaders to make their voices heard.
“Our country needs different kinds of assistance, but we especially need mediation to initiate dialogue with our authorities and negotiations, so I am sure that Ms Angela Merkel will be very helpful in this situation,” said Tikhanovskaya.
Last week, European heads of state or government signed a deal on sanctions against Belarus. These sanctions are aimed at about 40 authorities from the Belarusian regime.
Among other things, they are no longer allowed to travel or withdraw money from their foreign accounts.
According to Tikhanovskaya, the sanctions are only the beginning of the pressure that European countries can put on the Lukashenko regime.
During her speech, the opposition leader asks to expand the sanctions list. In addition, she asks not to recognize Lukashenko as a legitimate leader or to support him financially.