Belarus opposition leader says she gave sanctions list to Biden administration

Belarus opposition chief says she gave sanctions record to Biden administration

Tsikhanouskaya, who’s in Washington for conferences with senior administration officers, instructed reporters Tuesday that she delivered a listing of corporations which might 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 known as on the administration to enact stronger sanctions, saying that the she believed the preliminary tranches had 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 forced diversion of a Ryanair flight had been robust, and mentioned the US might comply with that coverage “and likewise have a look at chance to impose sectoral sanctions on Russia.”

On Tuesday, she met with Nationwide Safety Adviser Jake Sullivan and congressional lawmakers and was slated to satisfy with US Company for Worldwide Growth (USAID) Administrator Samantha Energy and US Company for International Media (USAGM) Appearing CEO Kelu Chao. Tsikhanouskaya mentioned she supposed to additional focus on “attainable 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.

Nevertheless, she later famous that she did not need to discuss too extensively about Russia “as a result of our struggle shouldn’t be between East and West; our struggle is between previous and future.”

“Our struggle is inside Belarus, and we’re preventing for widespread values, for human rights, for rule of legislation, for democratic modifications, and that is very comprehensible for the USA. As for Russia, you understand, if Russia desires to play a constructive position in getting out of the Belarusian disaster, they only must 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 struggle for democracy in Belarus, they need to not intrude 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 individuals needed to flee the nation, many misplaced their jobs, companies had been closed down and mass media was destroyed by the Lukashenko regime.

“All these individuals proceed to struggle, however they want help. And we have now to search for methods the best way to present to start with for many who are on the bottom, political prisoners, their family members, activists on the bottom, to produce volunteers with the gear to print newspapers, to produce individuals with attorneys, to assist to pay charges for individuals so the regime (does not) put their kids into orphanages and (does not) confiscate property,” she mentioned. “After all it is essential 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 in addition 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 Legal Courtroom, Tsikhanouskaya mentioned it “is obvious that Lukashenko is legal,” however “it is very tough 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 on the lookout for loopholes … as a result of he isn’t acknowledged by the vast majority of nations, you understand, how based on structure he might be launched of this immunity and investigation towards him might 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 every single day. 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 individuals themselves who’re preventing. 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 preventing for a pacesetter, we’re preventing towards dictatorship.”