Aleksandr Lukashenko “is transforming” Belarus “into the North Korea of Europe: not transparent, unpredictable and dangerous”. This was underlined by Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya, an opposition candidate in the 2020 presidential elections in the country, in connection with the Afet commission of the European Parliament, in Brussels. By forcing the Ryanair plane bound for Athens to Vilnius to land in Minsk, to arrest a journalist who was on board, Lukashenko “crossed the line and became a threat to international peace and security”, Tsikhanouskaya added. “The latest events have aroused great concern around the world and strong reactions from the capitals and international organizations,” he added. Read also Belarus, he continues, “has been living in complete illegality for nine months”, since after the elections in August 2020, Aleksandr Lukashenko “has exceeded the boundaries of acceptable behavior”. “And let’s be honest – he explains – the EU wait-and-see strategy does not work. The EU approach of gradually increasing the pressure on Lukashenko’s regime does not work, because it has only increased his feeling of impunity”, which led to the “repression “mass.” I appeal to the European Parliament – continues Tsikhanouskaya – so that the reaction of the international community is not limited to the Ryanair incident: the response must address the situation in Belarus “. “It is necessary to maintain – he says – the policy of not recognizing Lukashenko, starting without delay a high-level political conference on the situation in Belarus, launching a support plan for democratic Belarus: it should be done jointly by President Ursula von der Leyen and me. , to send the clear message to Belarusians that Europe cares about the country’s destiny “, he concludes.