Tsikhanouskaya, who’s in Washington for conferences with senior administration officers, advised reporters Tuesday that she delivered a list of firms which might be monopolized by the regime of Belarus’ strongman President Alexander Luakshenko “and his cronies,” together with Belaruskali potash in addition to oil, wooden and metal enterprises.
On Tuesday, she will meet with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power and US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting CEO Kelu Chao. Tsikhanouskaya stated she meant to additional talk about “possible international efforts to isolate the regime, politically and economically, to make (Lukashenko) toxic and costly, including for Russia,” by means of each tangible and symbolic isolation.
However, she later famous that she did not need to discuss too extensively about Russia “because our fight is not between East and West; our fight is between past and future.”
“Our fight is inside Belarus, and we are fighting for common values, for human rights, for rule of law, for democratic changes, and this is very understandable for the USA. As for Russia, you know, if Russia wants to play a constructive role in getting out of the Belarusian crisis, they just have to stop support of Lukashenko,” including that she requested the US authorities to assist ship the message that if actors don’t desire to assist with the combat for democracy in Belarus, they need to not intrude with it both.
Tsikhanouskaya stated she mentioned sanctions and assist for civil society in her assembly with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Toria Nuland and different senior State Department officers on Monday. She famous that many Belarusian folks had to flee the nation, many misplaced their jobs, companies had been closed down and mass media was destroyed by the Lukashenko regime.
“All these people continue to fight, but they need assistance. And we have to look for ways how to provide first of all for those who are on the ground, political prisoners, their relatives, activists on the ground, to supply volunteers with the equipment to print newspapers, to supply people with lawyers, to help to pay fees for people so the regime (doesn’t) put their children into orphanages and (doesn’t) confiscate property,” she stated. “Of course it’s important to support journalists and mass media, through traditional and (emerging media) like YouTube channels, Telegram channels, because we need to provide the world with information.”
Tsikhanouskaya stated in addition they mentioned “justice” within the assembly, “because it’s necessary to avoid impunity.”
“We are collecting evidence of all the crimes since August 9. We are accumulating them in one place and the European Union launched an international accountability platform,” she stated, noting that they hoped to deliver the perpetrators of the violent repression in Belarus to justice as soon as adjustments are made within the former Soviet state.
Asked by CNN whether or not she thought Lukashenko ought to stand trial earlier than a world physique just like the International Criminal Court, Tsikhanouskaya stated it “is evident that Lukashenko is criminal,” however “it’s very difficult to bring him to justice in international court because he’s actually protected by immunity.”
“And now many international lawyers are looking for loopholes … because he’s not recognized by the majority of countries, you know, how according to constitution he could be released of this immunity and investigation against him could be started,” she stated.
Tsikhanouskaya, a former trainer whose husband was jailed by the Lukashenko regime, described her personal plight, saying that though she lives in Lithuania, she nonetheless lives in concern every single day. She additionally dismissed the title of “opposition leader,” saying she’s “not leading (the) opposition movement, because we are the majority.”
“It’s people themselves who are fighting. Even if Tsikhanouskaya disappears one day for I don’t know what reasons, this uprising, this movement will continue,” she stated. “We are not fighting for a leader, we are fighting against dictatorship.”