(Washington) Joe Biden received the Belarusian opponent in exile Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Washington for ten days in the White House on Wednesday.
Posted on Jul 28, 2021 at 1:12 pm Updated at 1:12 pm
“The United States stands by the Belarusian people in its pursuit of democracy and universal human rights,” said the American president in a tweet that was accompanied by a photo of him talking to Ms. Tikhanovskaya.
The opponent, who claims to have won the 2020 presidential elections in Belarus, thanked the democratic president “for a strong sign of solidarity with the millions of courageous Belarusians who are peacefully fighting for their freedom”.
“The world is by our side,” she added on the same social network.
His meeting with Joe Biden was an “honor” for the latter and an “opportunity for him to personally express his support for the Belarusian people,” added a senior US executive on condition of anonymity.
Ms. Tikhanovskaya, who arrived in the US capital on July 18, also met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, to whom she submitted a list of Belarusian state-owned companies against which the US should impose sanctions or strengthen existing ones.
“Only Belarusians themselves can lead the country to democratic change, but we hope for active American participation and not just symbolically,” she said during a round table organized by the Correspondents Association of the US Department of State.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who entered politics after her husband’s imprisonment, fled to Lithuania after claiming President Lukashenko in the 9th election.