Czech Republic ready to grant asylum to Belarusian opposition

PRAGUE, January 11 (Itar-Tass) - The Czech Republic is ready to grant an asylum to persecuted members of Belarusian opposition.

"The republic is also thinking of significantly reducing the cost of visas for ordinary Belarusians and intends to join tougher sanctions against the leaders of Belarus who trample democratic norms and principles," Czech Interior Minister Radek John told journalists on Monday.

First Vice-Premier and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg on Monday received a delegation of Belarusian opposition members comprising presidential candidate at the recent elections Alexander Kozulin, Eva Neklyayeva, a daughter of one of the arrested presidential candidates, and the ex-chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich. They urged the EU countries to adopt a common firm stance towards the Belarusian leadership.

"It's necessary to strengthen sanctions aimed against the incumbent leaders who are tramping democracy," Shushkevich told journalists.

The Czech leadership expressed solidarity with the Belarusian opposition and demanded a release of all opponents to President Alexander Lukashenko who were detained during presidential elections in December last year.


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