Ales Bialiatski: Position of Sweden to Belarus will remain unchanged
During a working visit to Sweden, the Head of the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and Vice-President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Ales Bialiatski met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Margot Wallström on October 23. We called to human rights defender on the phone to hear firsthand about his impressions of this high meeting:
"Today I had a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Ms. Margot Wallström. In a free and relaxed atmosphere I shared with her my thoughts and observations about the internal political situation in Belarus. During the conversation were also discussed some aspects concerning the Belarusian-Russian-Ukrainian relations. "
Ales Bialiatski asked the Swedish government doesn’t change its position to the Belarusian authorities and continue to demand the release of political prisoners, as well as to support civil society in Belarus.
Margot Wallström sincerely interested in human rights defender’s opinions about the current situation in Belarus. In conclusion the politician confirmed that the position of Sweden to Belarus will remain unchanged and principled.