07.30.2021

Biden Meets with Belarusian Opposition Leader

After days of uncertainty, an important act of diplomacy has finally taken place, as announced to the world on President Biden’s Twitter feed. Biden posted a photograph of his meeting with Belarus’s opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, saying he was honored to meet with her at the White House. Tikhanovskaya has been touring the U.S. to raise awareness of her people’s struggle for democracy.

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FIRST OF ALL, I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS MEETING BECAUSE IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR BELARUS, FOR US TO HAVE THIS POLITICAL VIEW, AND IT WAS VERY WARM AND SENSITIVE MEETING.

I'M REALLY GLAD I MET THE PERSON WHO SAYS THAT IT'S AN ONGOING STRUGGLE AND BELARUS IS ON THE FRONT LINE OF THIS FIGHT.

SO THE USA WILL HELP BELARUSIANS IN THIS DIFFICULT MOMENT.

OUTSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE YOU SAID THE MEETING LASTED ABOUT 15 MINUTES AND YOU SAID I AM LEAVING THE WHITE HOUSE WITH CONFIDENCE THAT THE UNITED STATES WILL BE WITH BELARUSIANS AFTER A NEW ELECTION.

PRIOR TO THIS MEETING YOU HAD EXPRESSED DISCOURAGEMENT THAT YOU WEREN'T GETTING TANGENTIAL ISSUES RESOLVED FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

DID YOU GET ANY ACTIONS, ANY PROMISES, FROM PRESIDENT BIDEN YESTERDAY?

LOOK, WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR PROMISES.

OUR TASK IS TO EXPLAIN WHAT'S GOING ON IN BELARUS AND HOW THE USA COULD BE HELPFUL IN OUR RESISTANCE TO DICTATORSHIP.

AND WE DISCUSSED AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL COMMUNICATE FURTHER AND WE, TOGETHER, TRIED TO LOOK FOR WAYS OUT OF THE SITUATION.

AND, SECOND, LUKASHENKO'S REGIME, POLITICALLY AND FINANCIALLY, ASSISTS SOCIETY, ASSIST THOSE THAT NEED IT AND THE BUSINESSES THAT HAD TO RELOCATE FROM THE COUNTRY, AND OF COURSE PRISONERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

AND WE ALSO TALKED ABOUT A FUTURE VISION OF BELARUS, WE'LL NEED TO RESTORE OUR COUNTRY, BECAUSE AT THE MOMENT THE REGIME IS DESTROYING ALL THE NGOs, CIVIL SOCIETY, MEDIA, AND WE WILL NEED ASSISTANCE IN THE FUTURE AS WELL.

SO A LOT HAD BEEN DISCUSSED AND I AM SURE THAT EVERYTHING WE DISCUSSED WILL BE FULFILLED.

IT'S NOT ABOUT PROMISES.

IT'S ABOUT COMMITMENT.

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Svetlana Tikhanovskaya; Alexey Kovalev; Colleen Hacker; Michelle Fiscus; Jason Martin

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