Belarusian Opposition Leader to Discuss Sanctions against Minsk During Her Visit to US

Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya arrived in US on Sunday where she intends to discuss the US imposing new restrictions on Minsk, including sectoral sanctions, with the American officials at the State Department for July 19, and at the White House for July 20.

She met on Sunday with Belarusian diaspora, after which she announced meetings with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the US, Victoria Nuland and the State Department Counselor Dereck Chollet.

During her trip to Washington Tikhanovskaya also plans to meet with US President Joe Biden, with USAID Administrator Samantha Power and US senators, but so far she cannot confirm meeting with Biden with certainty.

According to The Washington Post opinion piece, President Biden should meet with Tikhanovskaya to show to the people of Belarus and the world that the US is prepared to defend democracy and confront autocrats. 

Tikhanovskaya was forced to choose exile – she lives in Lithuania now- after the presidential elections in Belarus on August 9 last year that the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko won with 80.10% of the votes.

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