Also on rt.com
In response, the Danish parliament has stressed that “nothing was said that could compromise the foreign policy of Denmark,” with Foreign Policy Committee Chairman Martin Lidegaard now deciding to make use of a camera a mandatory requirement for video conferences, going forward.
“I hope this was just a rude joke,” Lidegaard said.
Tikhanovskaya has been conducting a tour of Europe since she fled Belarus in August. In the past two weeks, she has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Emmanuel Macron in Vilnius, and Slovakian President Zuzana Čaputová in Bratislava.
Glad to meet Sviatlana @Tsihanouskaya. Her determination to advance democratic change in #Belarus is inspiring. For this to happen, the regime should engage in open & meaningful dialogue with society. Violence and intimidation are unacceptable. pic.twitter.com/iqGUgXyLVj
— Zuzana Čaputová (@ZuzanaCaputova) October 8, 2020
On August 9, Alexander Lukashenko was elected for a sixth term as Belarusian president, in an election many consider to have been rigged. According to the official results, he received 80.10 percent of the vote, with opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya receiving just 10.12 percent. After the polling stations closed, mass protests began against the alleged falsification of the results. In the weeks since, the demonstrations have become less frequent and less violent, but still attract thousands of Belarusian citizens.
If you like this story, share it with a friend!