Belarus opposition leader says she gave sanctions list to Biden administration


Tsikhanouskaya, who’s in Washington for conferences with senior administration officers, instructed reporters Tuesday that she delivered a listing of firms which can be monopolized by the regime of Belarus’ strongman President Alexander Luakshenko “and his cronies,” together with Belaruskali potash in addition to oil, wooden and metal enterprises.

The Belarusian opposition politician referred to as on the administration to enact stronger sanctions, saying that the she believed the preliminary tranches have been extra symbolic and “ethical sanctions” — “they did not hit the regime and I feel that we actually misplaced time,” she mentioned. Tsikhanouskaya mentioned that the sectoral sanctions imposed by the European Union following Lukashenko’s compelled diversion of a Ryanair flight have been robust, and mentioned the US may comply with that coverage “and likewise have a look at risk to impose sectoral sanctions on Russia.”

On Tuesday, she’s going to meet with Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan, US Company for Worldwide Improvement (USAID) Administrator Samantha Energy and US Company for International Media (USAGM) Appearing CEO Kelu Chao. Tsikhanouskaya mentioned she supposed to additional talk about “doable worldwide efforts to isolate the regime, politically and economically, to make (Lukashenko) poisonous and dear, together with for Russia,” by way of each tangible and symbolic isolation.

Nonetheless, she later famous that she did not need to speak too extensively about Russia “as a result of our battle isn’t between East and West; our battle is between previous and future.”

“Our battle is inside Belarus, and we’re combating for frequent values, for human rights, for rule of legislation, for democratic modifications, and that is very comprehensible for the USA. As for Russia, you recognize, if Russia desires to play a constructive function in getting out of the Belarusian disaster, they only need to cease assist of Lukashenko,” including that she requested the US authorities to assist ship the message that if actors do not need to assist with the battle for democracy in Belarus, they need to not intervene with it both.

Tsikhanouskaya mentioned she mentioned sanctions and assist for civil society in her assembly with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland and different senior State Division officers on Monday. She famous that many Belarusian folks needed to flee the nation, many misplaced their jobs, companies have been closed down and mass media was destroyed by the Lukashenko regime.

“All these folks proceed to battle, however they want help. And we’ve got to search for methods easy methods to present to start with for many who are on the bottom, political prisoners, their kinfolk, activists on the bottom, to provide volunteers with the gear to print newspapers, to provide folks with attorneys, to assist to pay charges for folks so the regime (would not) put their youngsters into orphanages and (would not) confiscate property,” she mentioned. “In fact it is vital to assist journalists and mass media, by way of conventional and (rising media) like YouTube channels, Telegram channels, as a result of we have to present the world with info.”

Tsikhanouskaya mentioned additionally they mentioned “justice” within the assembly, “as a result of it is necessary to keep away from impunity.”

“We’re amassing proof of all of the crimes since August 9. We’re accumulating them in a single place and the European Union launched a world accountability platform,” she mentioned, noting that they hoped to convey the perpetrators of the violent repression in Belarus to justice as soon as modifications are made within the former Soviet state.

Requested by CNN whether or not she thought Lukashenko ought to stand trial earlier than a world physique just like the Worldwide Prison Courtroom, Tsikhanouskaya mentioned it “is clear that Lukashenko is felony,” however “it’s totally troublesome to convey him to justice in worldwide court docket as a result of he is really protected by immunity.”

“And now many worldwide attorneys are in search of loopholes … as a result of he isn’t acknowledged by nearly all of international locations, you recognize, how in line with structure he could possibly be launched of this immunity and investigation in opposition to him could possibly be began,” she mentioned.

Tsikhanouskaya, a former instructor whose husband was jailed by the Lukashenko regime, described her personal plight, saying that though she lives in Lithuania, she nonetheless lives in concern on daily basis. She additionally dismissed the title of “opposition chief,” saying she’s “not main (the) opposition motion, as a result of we’re the bulk.”

“It is folks themselves who’re combating. Even when Tsikhanouskaya disappears at some point for I do not know what causes, this rebellion, this motion will proceed,” she mentioned. “We’re not combating for a frontrunner, we’re combating in opposition to dictatorship.”


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