French President Emmanuel Macron showed this Monday that he is ready to meet with the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tijanovskaya “if it so wishes,” as his spokesman Gabriel Attal said.
The words of the French government came after the dissident asked Macron to take on the role of “mediator” in resolving the crisis sparked in Belarus as a result of the August 9 elections.
“We urgently need mediation to prevent more blood from being shed. Mr. Macron could be that mediator and influence Mr. (Vladimir) Putin, with whom he has good relations,” he said.
On Sunday, on the eve of his three-day visit to Lithuania and Latvia, Macron called for the departure of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who is supported by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.