Belarus opposition politician Latushko on Peace Prize

STORY: The prize is a symbolic gesture not only for the jailed Byalyatski but "for all Belarusian people who are struggling for freedom, democracy, human rights," Latushko said.

Byalyatski, will share the prize with Russian rights group Memorial and Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties, amid a war in their region that is the worst conflict in Europe since World War Two.

Latushko said he did not think the prize would move Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to release Byalyatski and other political prisoners.

But it is a sign to Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin that the world stood with pro-democracy movements in their countries, Latushko said.