Jake Sullivan said that the United States will continue to hold the Lukashenka regime accountable, including through sanctions.
Jake Sullivan, the White House National Security Adviser, announced the American support for the people of Belarus and the democratic opposition to the Lukashenka regime. Sullivan said this at a meeting with the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who is currently on a visit to Washington.
According to Emily Horn, the official representative of the National Security Council, Sullivan expressed support for the Belarusian people and said that he respects the courage and determination of the democratic opposition led by Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
“The United States, together with partners and allies, will continue to hold the Lukashenka regime accountable for its actions, including by imposing sanctions. Sullivan repeated the Biden administration’s demand that the Lukashenka regime allow a credible international investigation of the events of May 23, immediately release all political prisoners and enter into a comprehensive and genuine political dialogue with the leaders of the democratic opposition and civil society groups, which will lead to free and fair presidential elections under the supervision of the OSCE,” the statement of the White House National Security Council said.
After the meeting at the White House, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya gave an exclusive interview. Tikhanovskaya noted that she told the American side about the strategy of the Belarusian opposition to achieve democratic changes in the country. Tikhanovskaya stressed that the key to such changes should be the holding of new free and fair elections in the Republic of Belarus.