Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on the US for new sanctions against important sectors of the Belarusian economy controlled by the Lukashenka regime, speaking in Washington on Tuesday, July 20. The leader of the Belarusian opposition hopes for “active and not only symbolic support from the United States.”
According to Tikhanovskaya, sanctions should be imposed on enterprises producing potash fertilizers, as well as in the oil refining, woodworking and metallurgical sectors.
Only the threat of punitive measures by the US or the EU is capable of influencing Lukashenka’s actions, the leader of the Belarusian opposition believes. She also stressed that democratic changes in the country depend only on the Belarusians themselves.
Tikhanovskaya met with the US Secretary of State
Earlier, on July 19, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, stating the need to adopt an emergency package for Belarusian independent media, support civil society in Belarus and increase pressure on the Lukashenka regime.
On July 18, Tikhanovskaya began her official visit to the United States, where she meets with representatives of the American administration. According to the press secretary of the White House Jen Psaki, there are currently no plans to meet the leader of the Belarusian opposition with Joe Biden.