On July 21, the Lithuanian embassy in the U.S. hosted a meeting of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives) cross-party group “Friends of Belarus,” journalist Serge Kharitonov reports in his Telegram channel.
During the press conference with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the congressmen noted that it’s her and not Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the real winner of the presidential elections in 2020.
The priority of the Congressional cross-party group is to promote financial and other assistance to Belarus and lobby for new sanctions against the Belarusian authorities, and unite Western countries to defend the country’s sovereignty.
One of the speakers, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, drew a parallel between the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the current situation in Belarus. In both cases, progress and people’s desire to be free cannot be stopped.
“I came to the United States with only one wish: that my beloved Belarus become free. And I’m sure it will happen. I want you to remember that when you look into my eyes you are looking into the eyes of every political prisoner, every activist, volunteer, athlete or cultural figure, who is brave enough to fight for democracy in Belarus”, – said Svetlana Tihanovskaya during a press conference.
According to Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya’s press service, the caucus has become a group of American Congress representatives who will work exclusively on Belarus. This is the first time in the history of Belarus when the U.S. provides such support to Belarusians.
At the opening of the caucus at the Lithuanian embassy in the United States, the white-red-white national flag was displayed as a Belarusian symbol.
During her visit to the USA, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has already had meetings with Secretary of State Tony Blinken, representatives of the State Department and the White House, senators and members of Congress, European Union ambassadors accredited in Washington.