Estonian president meets with representatives of Belarusian opposition

  • 2020-09-16
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid met with Veranika and Valery Tsapkala, who belong to the Belarusian political opposition, in Parnu on Wednesday.

"Through free and fair elections, the people of Belarus demand the end to violence and respect for basic democratic rights. Belarusians must have the right to choose their own path and here we show them solidarity," Kaljulaid was quoted by spokespeople as saying.

The meeting focused on the events that have taken place in Belarus in the past few weeks and what the European Union can do to support the sovereign Belarus and its citizens.

"The continuing violence towards peaceful protesters and threatening its own citizens with military force needs to stop. Estonia and me personally will do everything in our power to keep the international spotlight on the events in Belarus," the head of state stressed after the meeting.

Representative of the Belarusian opposition and former diplomat Valery Tsapkala was a presidential candidate discarded from the Belarusian elections. His wife Veranika then joined Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's campaign with her staff.