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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL767, tabled on 7 June 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to invite Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to the forthcoming G7 summit hosted by the United Kingdom.

Answered on

21 June 2021

It was not possible to invite further national participants to the G7 summit. However G7 Leaders discussed current global issues including the Lukashenko regime's reckless and dangerous behaviour and this was reflected in the official communique. The Foreign Secretary discussed the political situation in Belarus with the opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya on 2 June and made it clear that Mrs Tikhanovskaya was welcome to visit the UK as soon as conditions allow. Until that becomes possible, officials are in regular contact with civil society and opposition groups and most recently spoke to members of the Belarus National Anti-Crisis Management on 7 June.