Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovska called on the United States to tighten sanctions and increase pressure to “isolate” President Alexander Lukashenko. Washington’s re-election was called a “fraud.”
“I call on you, the representatives elected by the American people, to continue to take decisive action. We call on the United States to hold international mediation with European partners,” she said in a virtual speech organized by the US Congress at the hearing.
The 38-year-old opposition champion added: “We call on the Americans to use diplomacy to further isolate Lukashenko and warn him that there is no political return.” The 2020 election.
The unprecedented protests followed Lukashenko’s re-election from August to 2020, which was condemned by the West, but gradually subsided after mass arrests.
In order to curb pro-democracy protests, the United States re-imposed sanctions on nine listed companies in Belarus in April.
Svetlana Tihanovska praised these measures as “the most successful measures,” but asked Washington to “expand” this list to other entities. She also called on the U.S. Congress to take the European Union as an example and consider increasing assistance to the country’s civil society, independent media, and the private sector.
In addition, Tikanovska expressed regret that the nine-month Belarusian crisis lacked “sincere dialogue among major international powers on how to resolve this issue.”
She said: “We call on the United States to play an active role in organizing such international conferences and to resolve this issue at the next G7 summit in the United Kingdom.”