How will US elections affect Belarus?

The intrigue with the US presidential election is drawing to a close. Although there are no official voting results yet, candidate Joe Biden has already declared victory. Donald Trump disagrees. What are possible changes for Belarus?

Donald Trump has not made public statements for several days. He speaks to voters exclusively through Twitter. His Democratic opponent Joe Biden is in a hurry to declare victory and urge Americans to unite.

Almost a week has passed since the United States elections, but the official results have yet to be announced. Meanwhile, the leaders of Canada, France, Israel and other countries congratulated Joe Biden on his victory. Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who is considered by the United States to be the only elected leader of the Belarusian people, also sent congratulations.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka has refrained from congratulating Biden. He recently called the US elections “a mockery of democracy.”

Our experts hope that the United States will pay more attention to the Eastern European region and Belarus in particular.

At the beginning of the year, the United States declared its support of the independence of Belarus, offered assistance in the energy sector, and even intended to send its ambassador to Minsk after a 12-year break. The events that followed the August 9 elections dramatically changed the situation, says political columnist Vitaly Tsyhankou. The US can again unfreeze the sanctions that were introduced by the Belarus Democracy Act.

Formally, the new US president will be considered elected in December. But his inauguration will take place only in January next year.

Ihar Stankevich, Belsat