9 Mar 2022

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya: Don’t punish Belarus for Lukashenko’s actions

Most countries have sought to distance themselves from Russia, but neighbouring Belarus has remained a steadfast ally of the Putin regime.

For now President Alexander Lukashenko denies his armed forces are operating in Ukraine, but today the European Commission added an extra layer to a pile of sanctions faced by Belarusian leaders for fuelling Putin’s war.

We were joined by the exiled leader of Belarus’ democratic opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, and began by asking her if she thought Lukashenko had turned Belarus into a puppet state.