Pompeo: Belarus Doesn’t Need To Take Sides Between Russia And U.S.
At the same time, the Secretary of State did not call Tikhanovskaya the legitimate leader of Belarus.
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that the United States is firmly on the side of the people of Belarus in their confrontation with President Alexander Lukashenko and his government.
At the same time, Pompeo did not call opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya the legitimate president of the country..
“Yes, we have not thought everything over yet. We are still working on this process, “- said the Secretary of State, answering a question from Fox News about whether there was talk in the United States about recognizing Tikhanovskaya as the legitimate president..
Protests have raged in Belarus since presidential elections were held on August 9, the results of which the opposition calls rigged.
The United States agreed that the election was fraudulent and refused to accept the vote.
Tihanovskaya, currently residing in Lithuania, claims she won the election and began forming a shadow cabinet.
Pompeo noted that he got acquainted with the sanctions against Belarus, which were introduced by the UK and Canada, but did not say whether the United States would follow their example and when this could happen.
“We are looking for tools that can best ensure the results that the people of Belarus are striving for, not only in Minsk, but throughout the country,” he said, answering a question about sanctions.
According to the Secretary of State, the United States made it clear to Russia that military intervention in Belarus would not serve anyone’s interests..
“Such activities are not in anyone’s interests,” said Pompeo. “It will not benefit the people of Russia, it will not benefit the people of Belarus, it will complicate relations between all countries in the region.”.
The US Secretary of State calls the position of the USA towards Belarus “quite unambiguous”.
“We are actively showing support,” Pompeo said. – We announced that the elections were rigged, just a few days after their completion. We opposed the inauguration. We don’t think it makes sense. “.
He promised that the United States and the American people will support the people of Belarus in their aspirations.
“We know what the people of Belarus want. Something new, ”Pompeo said. – They want freedom. They want a turn in a different direction, which President Lukashenko did not give them, and we are going to be with them to try to help them, to support them, to use our diplomatic capabilities to show them the best way forward. “.
Voice of America News Service