In Lithuania provided Tikhanovski housing and protection
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The Minister of foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius
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The candidate in presidents of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovski arrived in Lithuania on August 11 in the morning, she is now with their children and they are all safe. She was provided shelter and security, said foreign Minister of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius.
According to him, it came to Lithuania after pressure from Belarusian authorities, the officials of this country “don’t let go, even helped”, reports “Interfax”. “She didn’t have much choice but to leave the country,” the Minister said.
August 10 evening Tikhanovski went to the Central election Commission of Belarus, then with it disconnected, and the next morning it became known that she had gone to Lithuania.
Children Tikhanovski arrived in Lithuania yet. That she was smuggled out of Belarus in one of the EU countries, it became known in mid-July. “She was a national visa for Lithuania, this means that it can be in Lithuania throughout the year without restrictions, and, apparently, it determined her choice to go to Lithuania”, – said the Minister.
Published on Tuesday the video Tikhanovski was recorded in Belarus, said Linkevičius. In Lithuania together with Tikhanovski came to the head of her staff, Maria frost, her children are also in Lithuania.Previously a Trustee Tikhanovski Olga kovalkova said Tut.by that Tikhanovski out of the country and the Belarusian authorities. The departure allowed the release of her chief of staff Mary frost, detained before the election. “Svetlana had no choice. It is important that she is free and alive. They left with Maria frost. However, the hostages continued to be part of the team Svetlana”, – told Koval’kova.
Svetlana #Tikhanovskaya is safe. She is in #Lithuania. pic.twitter.com/6f9U2meoX0— Linas Linkevicius (@LinkeviciusL) August 11, 2020
In the morning Tikhanovski published in the channel “Country for life” video, entitled “I went to the children.” “I thought this whole campaign I was very much tempered and gave me such strength that I will handle it all. But I guess I was that weak woman, which was originally. I made a very difficult decision,” said Tikhanovski.
She stressed that took him “completely alone”: neither friends, nor relatives, nor staff, nor my husband – a famous opposition blogger Sergei tikhanovski – could not affect it.
“Many understand me, many will condemn, and many will hate. But God forbid to face such a choice, in front of which was me. So, people, take care of yourself, please. Not one life is worth what is happening now. Kids are the most important thing in our lives,” said Tikhanovski. She explained how choice was not led other details.
Lithuania is ready to consider the request of the Belarusian opposition for asylum, if these go, said the Minister of internal Affairs of the Baltic States Rita Tamasine. “Lithuania is ready to come to their assistance until you have created the conditions for a safe return home – are her words in the message of Ministry of internal Affairs of Lithuania.
The responsible entity of Lithuania has prepared an action plan in case of growth of number of references of citizens of Belarus for asylum.