State Department Meetings with Leader of the Democratic Opposition of Belarus Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Office of the Spokesperson

July 19, 2021

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price:

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland and Counselor of the Department Derek Chollet met with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of the democratic opposition of Belarus in Washington, D.C.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined the group for part of the meeting.  They discussed the need for the ongoing Lukashenka regime crackdown to end, along with the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Belarus, and an inclusive political dialogue and new presidential elections under international observation.  Further, they emphasized the United States’ enduring support for the Belarusian people’s democratic aspirations.