Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasily Filipchuk read a statement that urged Belarus' leader Alexander Lukashenkф to open talks with the opposition and take steps toward democracy, eitb 24 reported.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday urged Belarus not to use force against protesters gathered in central Minsk in what the Belarusian opposition hopes will be a replay of the peaceful 2004 Orange Revolution in Ukraine.
"We call on Belarusian authorities to safeguard its people's right to a peaceful gathering ... to be tolerant and avoid any forceful actions against its citizens," Foreign Ministry spokesman Vasily Filipchuk told reporters.
He read a Foreign Ministry statement that urged Belarus' authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenka to open talks with the opposition and take steps toward democracy.
Filipchuk added that Ukraine shares international concerns that Sunday's presidential vote, which official results say Lukashenka won by a landslide, was neither free nor fair, but Kiev doesn't support isolating its neighbour.
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