Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met with the foreign ministers of three European countries on the sidelines of the GLOBSEC forum in Bratislava, her Telegram channel reports. Meanwhile, the Danish parliament said that an unknown person, posing as Tikhanovskaya, took part in an online meeting of the parliament on Thursday.
At a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, the leading Belarusian opposition politician discussed Austria’s possibility to act as a platform for negotiations on new election in Belarus.
“We also discussed the situation with the A1 mobile operator (it provides services in Belarus, but is a part of the international A1 Telekom Austria Group) and internet disconnections during street protests. At the end of the meeting, Svetlana and Alexander discussed actions in support of the Belarusian people that can be carried out at the EU level,” Tikhanovskaya said.
Tikhanovkaya also spoke with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva about a possible rehabilitation program for the people affected during the dispersal of the rallies, as well as visa support for Belarusians. During the meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, human rights, political prisoners and sanctions were on the agenda.
Meanwhile, in Denmark
The Danish parliament issued a press release on the incident, which took place during a confidential conference call of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee. It was reported that Danish politicians spoke to an unknown person impersonating Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Members of the Foreign Policy Committee did not see Tikhanovskaya on the screen, as they were informed of technical problems at the politician’s headquarters. The meeting lasted 40 minutes, during which the situation in Belarus was discussed, before the call was ended abruptly.
Later, representatives of Tikhanovskaya denied her participation in the event. The press release stressed that no confidential information was disclosed during the hoax meeting, but the incident will be investigated.
According to Reuters’s sources, the impersonator’s website had been traced to Russia. “It could appear in a satire show in a Russian-speaking country, or it could be an awkward attempt at espionage or a bad joke. I dare not say,” the chairman of the committee, former Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard, told Reuters.
On 9 October, Russian prankers Vladimir Kuznetsov (Vovan) and Alexey Stolyarov (Lexus) told RIA Novosti that it was them impersonating Svetlana Tikhanovskaya during an online conference with the Danish parliament.