Opposition figure Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says Lukashenko turning Belarus into North Korea

While addressing the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, one of most visible opposition voices in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.who is in exile  said that President  Alexander Lukashenko is fast turning Belarus into North Korea.  

She called upon MEPs to increase the pressure on Minsk. 

“The previous EU strategy of wait and see towards the Belarusian regime doesn’t work,” Tsikhanouskaya told MEPs. “The EU approach of gradually elevated pressure against the Lukashenko regime hasn’t managed to change its behaviour and only lead to a growing sense of impunity and massive repression. 

“Now, I call on the European Parliament to make sure that the reaction of the international community is not limited to the Ryanair flight incident. 

“The response must address the situation in Belarus in its entirety or we will all face such situations in the future as Lukashenko is turning my country into the North Korea of Europe: non-transparent, unpredictable and dangerous.” 

The forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk, Belarus and detention of journalist Raman Pratasevich has once again brought Belarus in the spotlight with widespread condemnation of the act. 

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