US Democratic candidate vows support for Belarus, pushes for expanding sanctions

The international community should significantly expand its sanctions on Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s henchmen and freeze the offshore accounts where they keep their stolen wealth, US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden believes.

The politician promised to work with our European partners and allies to lay out a plan of economic support for a truly sovereign, democratic Belarus in case of being elected President in 2020.

“Until then, I will continue to join Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the people of Belarus in calling for the peaceful transfer of power, the release of all political prisoners, and free and fair elections so the Belarusian people are finally able to exercise the democratic rights for which they have sacrificed so much,” he said.

No leader who tortures his own people can ever claim legitimacy, Joe Biden stressed, referring to Lukashenka’s regime using bullets, stun grenades against peaceful demostrators, detaining and torturing them.

“Although President Trump refuses to speak out on their behalf, I continue to stand with the people of Belarus and support their democratic aspirations. I also condemn the appalling human rights abuses committed by the Lukashenka regime,” he added.

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