US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the United States is examining sanctions against those responsible for human rights abuses committed during the repression of protests following the re-election of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.
At a press conference, the head of US diplomacy assured that Washington “is closely monitoring the situation in Belarus,” whose citizens “deserve the right to elect their leaders in genuinely free and fair elections,” and independently with observers.
Pompeo has called for an “immediate cessation of violence” against the demonstrators, who have taken to the streets every day since August 9 to reject Lukashenko’s re-election for a sixth term and the “release of all wrongly detained”. .
He stated that the United States is also coordinating with its partners on the other side of the Atlantic, with whom it “jointly examines important specific sanctions against anyone involved in human rights abuses and repression”.