In the wake of Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s visit to Washington, a source familiar with her agenda claims the US working on new round of economic sanctions against Belarus that are to be announced over the next few weeks.
Tikhanovskaya has been in the US since July 18, meeting there with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Counselor of the US State Department Derek Chollet, and she also held a separate meeting with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.
The source points that Tikhanovskaya received no promises nor has been given any deadlines regarding the process the US administration was already working on, and it’s not confirmed if the upcoming sanctions would be sectoral although she asked for them.
Meanwhile, Belarus’ Permanent Representative to the UN Valentin Rybakov pointed that his country expects Washington to make decisions on sanctions based on a conversation with the official authorities in Minsk, and not with opposition leader.
Rybakov expressed Belarus’ hopes that the US will make such decisions in a well-considered way and that common sense will prevail.