Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets with U.S. President

In the official telegram channel, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya told what was discussed during the meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden:

“Standing outside the White House in front of reporters, I was trying to understand my feelings after meeting with President Biden. But I’m not alone. Behind me are 36,000 Belarusians who have been arrested and tortured. Ten of them died. But all of them spoke with my voice at this meeting.”

Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya meets with Joe Biden at the White House on July 28th. Photo: POTUS / Twitter

Talking with Biden, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she was proud of her people, who rebelled against the regime and have been resisting it for a year and urged the U.S. president to support the Belarusians’ path to democracy:

“As a politician, I am happy about this meeting. President Biden said that there is an ongoing struggle between autocracy and democracy in the world. And you know that Belarus is at the forefront of this struggle. So I called on President Biden to help us make Belarus a successful example of a non-violent transition to democracy.”

These are the main points of the meeting that Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya mentioned:

  • The Belarusian revolution is not about geopolitics. It is the democratic choice of the Belarusians, and the moral duty of the United States is to support us.
  • The sovereignty of Belarus is not negotiable or bargainable. Any deals signed by an illegitimate regime are illegal.
  • The only solution to the crisis can be new free elections under international control. And all political prisoners must be released without any conditions.
  • The crisis in Belarus must be placed on the international agenda, in the UN and OSCE, and all perpetrators must be brought to justice in international courts.

After the meeting, Joe Biden wrote on Twitter that the United States supports the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights.