EU foreign ministers agree to sanction Russia, Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko
Biden promised in case of victory to strengthen sanctions against &# 171; minions&# 187; Lukashenka
The Democratic presidential candidate promised to develop a plan of economic support for a sovereign and democratic Belarus together with the US European partners
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised, if he wins the elections, to expand US sanctions against the regime of Alexander Lukashenko and to pay special attention to the “henchmen” of the Belarusian president, who announced his victory in the elections in August. According to the Belarusian opposition, the election results were falsified by the authorities.
“The international community should significantly tighten sanctions on Lukashenka’s henchmen and freeze the offshore accounts in which they hold stolen money,” the former vice president said in a statement. “As president, I will also work with our European partners and allies to develop a plan for economic support for a truly sovereign, democratic Belarus “.
The Trump administration previously imposed sanctions on Belarusian officials after brutally suppressing demonstrations in Minsk and across the country.
On October 23, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell called on the Belarusian authorities to enter into a constructive dialogue with real representatives of civil society, in particular, with the Coordination Council created by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. EU and US reaffirm their strong support for the independence and sovereignty of Belarus.
A State Department spokesman said in a comment to the Russian service of the Voice of America that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephone conversation with Lukashenko last Saturday.
“The Secretary of State called for the complete release and urgent departure from Belarus of the illegally detained US citizen Vitaly Shklyarov and reaffirmed the support of the democratic aspirations of the people of Belarus on the part of the United States,” the foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement..
Lukashenko has been in power since 1994 and enjoys the support of his key ally, Russia..
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