Angela Merkel to meet Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Berlin
The EU leaders convened at the Brussels summit to unrail a disagreement that has stalled sanctions against the repressive government of Belarus, Angela Merkel stated that she would meet the Belarusian opposition leader Svetlane Tikhanovskaya.
She shared her appreciation for the women resisting the Belarusian regime in a speech delivered in the Bundestag on Wednesday: "When you see the determination of the people seen in the streets, for a life of liberty and free of corruptions, I can only say: I appreciate this," she said.
Merkel reaffirmed its inability to accept the electoral win stated by Alexander Lukashenko, calling on the President of Belarus to 'enter into dialog with his citizens without East and Western intervention'
After Emmanuel Macron met her two days ago in Vilnius, Merkel's meeting with Tikhanovskaya, set for the following Tuesday in Berlin, will fall.
Since that time Vladimir Putin has been encouraging him to converse with Tikhanosvskaya.
"Chairman Macron ...
It remembered that, after the call between the two men on Thursday, she was opened to conversation, and urged President Putin to take this into account.
The two countries engage in Thursday's EU leadership conference, which will primarily concentrate on the foreign-policy crises forgotten since the pandemic of coronavirus.
The bloc 's inability to impose sanctions on Belarus earlier this month may cloud a dinner discussion on EU ties with Turkey.
Cyprus, who spoke of the EU's inability to prosecute Turkey for its discovery of the troubled waters of the eastern Mediterranean, rejected the promised sanctions.
Officials in the EU were uncertain whether representatives could fix it.
"In reality, there is a goal, on Turkey and Belarus, to find a solution and to achieve a popular agreement," one official said.
"We're going to see if Member States are able to operate on it."
The EU leaders would announce their complete support of "the political right of the Belarusian citizens to elect their president through fresh, free and equal elections without external interventions," according to a leaked summit correspondence.
However, officials are mindful that such announcements could sound false without sanctions.
The EU pause has been also revealed in recent decisions by the UK and Canadian regimes on restrictions placed on Belarusian officials.
"People lose control so often.
People don't really understand the take-over, "said a senior EU diplomat.
Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign policy leader, could override Cyprus, by turning to an unknown clause in the law on sanctions in Belarus which permits the vote with a qualified majority.
The proposal also needed to reach unanimity among the 27 Member States, another diplomatic source said.
The discussion concerning the elimination of EU foreign policy vetoes has been revived in Belarus.
President Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission called for unanimous votes on restrictions and comments on the human rights, but Charles Michel of former Belgium, who will chair the two-day summit, spoke this week against such a move.
He noted that unanimity "slows down and often even stops decision-making," but he said it encouraged the "sustainable contribution" of all Member States' strategies.