Foreign Minister of Belarus thanked the United States for supporting sovereignty

Foreign Minister of Belarus Vladimir Makei discussed the post-election situation in the republic by telephone with US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale and thanked the American side for supporting sovereignty, the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said.

According to her, on August 20, at the initiative of the American side, Makei had a telephone conversation with Hale.

“The interlocutors discussed the post-election situation in Belarus, as well as exchanged views on the prospects for further bilateral cooperation. The Minister thanked the American side for the constant support of the sovereignty and independence of the Republic of Belarus,” the message says.

The presidential elections were held in Belarus on August 9, the incumbent Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time. The country’s opposition did not recognize the election results, believes that Svetlana Tikhanovskaya won. After the elections, mass protests are taking place in Belarus. In the first days, the actions were suppressed by the security forces; against the protesters who did not agree with the results, they used tear gas, water cannons, stun grenades, and rubber bullets. Then the law enforcement agencies stopped dispersing the rallies and using force. According to official data, over 6.7 thousand people were detained in the first days. As reported by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, among them over 120 law enforcement officers, three protesters died.