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On Tuesday, December 15, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Bigan took part in a virtual discussion organized by the German Marshall Fund with the leader of the Belarusian opposition and presidential candidate of Belarus in the 2020 elections Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
The discussion was dedicated to the ongoing political crisis in Belarus. Undersecretary of State once again reaffirmed the United States’ strong support for the struggle of the Belarusian people for their rights and for the democratic future of their country.
Stephen Bigan stressed that the United States advocates a dialogue between the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition and the Belarusian authorities in order to resolve the crisis.
Washington, the Deputy Secretary of State noted, calls for truly free and fair elections in Belarus with the participation of international observers, as well as the unconditional release of all political prisoners and unjustly detained.
Last week, speaking online at the Atlantic Council in Washington, the leader of the Belarusian opposition Svetlana Tikhanovskaya stressed that society in Belarus is determined to change and needs the support of Western countries..
“The Belarusian people will not stop until Lukashenka resigns. He is responsible for massive rigging, violence and lies regarding the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic. This time the patience of the people came to an end. The mood of protest is so strong that even brutal beatings and torture cannot eradicate them, Tikhanovskaya said. – The Belarusians managed to form a solid network of solidarity. There is no turning back. According to the latest polls, Belarusians are ready to protest as much as necessary. And I am confident that we will achieve the main goal of holding new presidential elections. “.
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