New US ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher meets Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Lithuania

By Euronews with AP

Belarus opposition chief Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, centre, and U.S. Ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher inspire a memorial service for Chernobyl victims in Vilnius, Lithuania

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The aloof United States ambassador to Belarus has met with the nation’s exiled opposition chief in neighboring Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on Wednesday.

The meeting between Julie Fisher and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was described as a symbolic act by the aloof ambassador, who has however to degree her credentials in Minsk.

The pair attended a ceremony to commemorate victims of the Chernobyl nuclear misery of 1986 on the memorial to Chernobyl workers and firefighters in Vilnius.

Tsikhanouskaya moved to Lithuania beneath stress from the Belarusian authorities in August 2020, quickly after having ostensibly shedding to Alexander Lukashenko defeated her inside the nation’s extensively disputed presidential election.

Legit outcomes handed Lukashenko, who has dominated Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, his sixth size of time in workplace. It precipitated the best and essentially the most sustained wave of protests inside the ex-Soviet nation’s historic earlier. Tsikhanouskaya and her supporters refused to acknowledge the implications.

Fisher was appointed because the precept U.S. ambassador to Belarus since 2008 in December. She met with Tsikhanouskaya on the eve of talks between Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two are anticipated to be in contact about additional strengthening the ties between the 2 in Moscow on Thursday.

“At the present time’s motion sends a clear worth that the U.S. stands with the Belarusian of us,” said Fisher. “As U.S. Ambassador to Belarus, my priority is to embody that improve.”

U.S. Assert Division spokesman Ned Tag, on the alternative hand, said afterward Wednesday that Fisher also can no longer be taking on her put inside the nation beneath the purpose out stipulations.

“Being in a neighborhood to return help an envoy to Minsk would ship a extraordinarily large worth,” he said. “However as long as what we have seen in Belarus continues, the human rights violations, the repression, there might be no substitute as common.”

Since protests began in Belarus ultimate summer season greater than 34,000 of us have been arrested, a lot of them overwhelmed, and essentially the most outstanding opposition figures get pleasure from fled or been jailed.

Fisher said at her meeting with Tsikhanouskaya: “It’s important that the world neighborhood be in contact up and be in contact out about what’s occurring, that we pay shut consideration, and that we demand the instantaneous open of all political prisoners in Belarus.”

Tsikhanouskaya said: “I have to be conscious Belarus neutral, free and constructing kindly and mutually priceless family with all nations, on the start with our neighbours, nonetheless with diversified ones, too.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. re-imposed sanctions on 9 express-owned corporations in Belarus.

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