July 19, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with the leader of the Belarusian opposition, Svetlana Tihanovskaya, and discussed with her way out of the political crisis in the country. It was announced by the head of the U.S. Foreign Ministry on his Twitter page on Tuesday, July 20.
.@UnderSecStateP and I welcomed Belarusian leader of the democratic opposition @Tsihanouskaya to the @StateDept today. We discussed the way out of the political crisis: release of all political prisoners, inclusive dialogue, and new elections. Zhvvye Belarus!
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) July 20, 2021
In turn, Tihanovskaya said she’d asked U.S. officials to tighten sanctions against Minsk. According to her, Washington “will take decisive action in the near future. She stressed that “she asked the U.S. to feel free to impose sanctions against the regime.
Earlier, on July 16, Tihanovskaya announced her visit to the U.S. Former presidential candidate said she intended to visit Washington, California and New York. It is still unknown whether she will meet with U.S. President Joe Biden in the course of her visit.
On 19 July it became known that the details of Tikhanovska’s meetings with representatives of the US administration during her visit to Washington were being worked out.