Merkel to meet Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya in Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya for talks in Berlin on Tuesday, as mass demonstrations persist in Belarus against President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed return to power.At an event organized by a non-governmental organization ahead of the talks, Tikhanovskaya called on Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in Belarus, which has been rocked by protests and a violent crackdown following an August 9 election.”I would ask Mr Putin not to support the regime because what’s going on in Belarus is our internal affairs…

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