Former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said Thursday, July 29, that American leader Joe Biden fed her cookies.
According to her, it took “about 10 minutes” to meet with the U.S. president.
“You know, we had already said goodbye, he [Biden] left, I had already started talking to [U.S. Congressman Chris Smith], and again the door opens, Joe Biden comes in and brings me a pile of cookies from the White House. He says, “Svetlana, we have some wonderful cookies, have some more.” I said, ‘Well, how did you know I didn’t have breakfast,'” Tikhanovskaya recounted.
The former presidential candidate also said she urged Biden to help make the republic “a successful example of nonviolent transition to democracy. At the same time, she stressed that she was glad to meet with the American leader.
Biden announced his meeting with Tihanowska earlier in the day; the talks took place on the morning of July 28. According to the head of the White House, “the United States supports the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights.
Prior to that, July 25, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Biden administration was considering imposing new economic sanctions against Belarus as a result of the meeting with Tikhanovska. They were referring to the oil and potash sectors of the republic’s economy.
However, the day after the talks with representatives of the U.S. administration Tihanovskaya said she had not received a promise from Washington to introduce sectoral sanctions against Minsk.
On 21 July, following a meeting between U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Tikhanovska, the White House published a message stating that Washington would continue to hold “the regime of Belarusian President Aliaksandr Lukashenka accountable for its actions,” including through sanctions.