- Title: Europe would be honored to give asylum to Belarus athlete - French minister
- Date: 2nd August 2021
- Summary: TOKYO, JAPAN (AUGUST 1, 2021) (REUTERS) BELARUSIAN ATHLETE, KRYSTSINA TSIMANOUSKAYA, STANDING AT HANEDA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH POLICE OFFICERS TSIMANOUSKAYA STANDING NEXT TO POLICE POLICE OFFICERS TSIMANOUSKAYA NEXT TO POLICE OFFICERS TSIMANOUSKAYA'S SUITCASE WITH BELARUS LOGOS AND SIGNAGE TSIMANOUSKAYA PUTTING HER MASK BACK OVER HER FACE TSIMANOUSKAYA SPEAKING TO UNIDENTIFIED MAN
- Embargoed: 16th August 2021 14:54
- Keywords: Belarus Clement Beaune Krystsina Tsimanouskaya dictator political asylum
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / TOKYO, JAPAN
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / TOKYO, JAPAN
- Country: France
- Topics: Fundamental Rights/Civil Liberties,Europe,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EOL6GXZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: It would be an honour if Europe were to grant political asylum to Belarusian athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Monday (August 2).
Tsimanouskaya, who refused to board a flight after saying she had been taken to the airport by her team against her wishes, was "safe and secure" in Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee said on Monday.
"Political asylum - it would be an honour for Europe to do so," Beaune told RFI radio.
Tsimanouskaya has been granted a humanitarian visa by the Warsaw government, after she took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday, a day after she refused to board the flight to Belarus.
The sprinter plans to leave for Poland in the coming days, a Polish deputy foreign minister, Marcin Przydacz, told Reuters.
She is "safe and in good condition" after walking into the embassy on Monday morning, he said.
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