In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reiterated that the United States wants to support the aspirations of ‘the people on the streets’ who have been demonstrating for nearly two months, demanding the resignation of ‘longstanding leader’ Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
The USA declared that election was a fraud within days of the election’s conclusion, Pompeo recalls.
“We’ve opposed the fact that he’s now inaugurated himself. We know what the people of Belarus want. They want something different. They want freedom. They want to turn towards a different direction that President Lukashenka has not given them. And, we’re going to be alongside them to try help them, support them, use our diplomatic capabilities to give them a better path forward,” the top official said.
In the wake of the 2020 presidential vote, Secretary Pompeo voiced his deep concerns about how the election was ‘ot free and fair”. On the back of the abduction and arrest of Belarusian opposition activist Maryia Kalesnikava in September, Mike Pompeo said the United States and other countries were considering bringing sanctions in response to recent events in Belarus.According to him, the potential sanctions would be aimed at promoting ‘accountability for those involved in human rights abuses and repression in Belarus’.