The U.S. should use its diplomacy to isolate Alexander Lukashenko. This was stated today, March 17, by former presidential candidate Svetlana Tihanovskaya.
“We urge the United States to use its diplomacy to isolate Lukashenko by restricting international agreements and trade between the Lukashenko regime and other countries,” she said during a hearing of the U.S. House International Committee, which took place online.
According to her, “the United States must insist on stopping violence, releasing political prisoners, restoring the rule of law, and beginning a genuine dialogue between the legitimate representatives of the Belarusians and the authorities.”
“At the same time, it is not words that matter, but actions,” Tikhanovskaya stressed.
The ex-presidential candidate also called on the U.S. to impose sanctions against state enterprises, the judiciary, and the oligarchs.
“Sanctions are one of the most effective measures,” she said.
In addition, Tihanovskaya urged the U.S. Congress to consider increasing support for Belarusian civil society, human rights activists, independent media and businesses. In her opinion, “as the European Union has developed a comprehensive plan to support Belarus during the transition period after free and fair elections, we urge the U.S. Congress to join this work in order to begin developing a joint Marshall Plan for Belarus.”
“My country is in a humanitarian crisis, people are suffering and dying. Belarusians need your help more than ever,” Tihanovskaya concluded.
Recall that Svetlana Tihanovskaya participated in the presidential elections in Belarus after the CEC refused to register her husband Sergei Tihanovsky’s initiative group. According to the officially announced results of the election, which took place on August 9, 2020, she received slightly more than 10% of the vote, coming in second place. She later fled the country and called on the international community to help her fight Lukashenko. The U.S. does not recognize the current president of Belarus as a legitimate head of state