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NOTE OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS – Telephone conversation of Minister Di Maio with his Belarussian counterpart, Vladimir Makei

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio had a telephone conversation with his Belarussian counterpart Vladimir Makei about the current political situation in Belarus.

Minister Di Maio pointed out that Italy is following with attention and concern the events in Belarus and is committed together with the European Union to lower tensions and try to prevent further repression against the population, especially peaceful demonstrators. He then stressed the importance of free and fair elections.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs reiterated to his interlocutor that Italy hopes that an authentic and constructive dialogue can develop between President Lukashenko and the opposition, in which the legitimate aspirations of Belarussian citizens are recognized and that a sustainable solution can be found for the good of the country starting from measures such as the release of political prisoners.