New US ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher meets Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Lithuania

By Euronews with AP

Belarus opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, centre, and U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher reduction a memorial provider for Chernobyl victims in Vilnius, Lithuania   –   Copyright  Mindaugas Kulbis/AP

The current United States ambassador to Belarus has met with the nation’s exiled opposition chief in neighboring Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Wednesday.

The meeting between Julie Fisher and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was described as a symbolic act by the current ambassador, who has however to indicate her credentials in Minsk.

The pair attended a ceremony to commemorate victims of the Chernobyl nuclear trouble of 1986 on the memorial to Chernobyl staff and firefighters in Vilnius.

Tsikhanouskaya moved to Lithuania beneath stress from the Belarusian authorities in August 2020, virtually proper this second after having ostensibly shedding to Alexander Lukashenko defeated her within the nation’s broadly disputed presidential election.

Reliable outcomes handed Lukashenko, who has dominated Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, his sixth time period rather than job. It triggered the largest and doubtlessly essentially the most sustained wave of protests within the ex-Soviet nation’s historical past. Tsikhanouskaya and her supporters refused to analyze cross-check the outcomes.

Fisher was appointed as the important thing U.S. ambassador to Belarus since 2008 in December. She met with Tsikhanouskaya on the eve of talks between Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two are anticipated to concentrate on further strengthening the ties between the two in Moscow on Thursday.

“Proper this second time’s motion sends a transparent sign that the U.S. stands with the Belarusian of us,” acknowledged Fisher. “As U.S. Ambassador to Belarus, my precedence is to embody that toughen.”

U.S. Order Division spokesman Ned Tag, nonetheless, acknowledged in a while Wednesday that Fisher is presumably not taking over her bellow within the nation beneath the present stipulations.

“Being able to advance an envoy to Minsk would ship a extremely environment friendly sign,” he acknowledged. “Nevertheless so long as what now we dangle thought-about in Belarus continues, the human rights violations, the repression, there may also merely moreover be no alternate as common.”

Since protests started in Belarus final summer season season greater than 34,000 of us have been arrested, a lot of them crushed, and doubtlessly essentially the most distinguished opposition figures dangle fled or been jailed.

Fisher acknowledged at her meeting with Tsikhanouskaya: “It is compulsory that the world group concentrate on up and concentrate on out about what’s taking place, that we pay shut consideration, and that we title for the speedy unencumber of all political prisoners in Belarus.”

Tsikhanouskaya acknowledged: “I decide on to look Belarus honest, free and establishing positive and mutually purposeful relations with all worldwide places, on the initiating with our neighbours, however with different ones, too.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. re-imposed sanctions on 9 bellow-owned companies in Belarus.

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