Former presidential candidate of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya may speak in the US Senate in early summer.
Three U.S. senators, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Murphy, and Rob Portman, approached her with a corresponding proposal. They invited the former candidate for the Belarusian leadership to address the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Senate in June.
The senators also discussed the possibility of Tikhanovskaya’s participation in the G7 summit. It is expected that the opposition leader will prepare a position from the Belarusian democratic forces for the meeting of Russian and US Presidents Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden, which will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16.
The senators discussed with Tikhanovskaya the situation with the media in Belarus. The opposition leader proposed to support the Belarusian service of Radio Liberty (recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign agent) and to organize the Belarusian edition of the Voice of America (recognized in the Russian Federation as a foreign agent). Senator Shaheen told Tikhanovskaya that the US House of Representatives has a common position on Belarusians. Senator Portman, in turn, called for decisive action, as “the time for statements has passed.”