Belarus opposition leader asks U.S. to impose more sanctions – Reuters


Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya attends a meeting with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (not pictured) at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, Germany, December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/File Photo

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Tuesday that she asked U.S. officials to impose sanctions on companies in her country’s potash, oil, wood and steel sectors, as she visited Washington seeking stronger action against President Alexander Lukashenko’s government.

Such measures would go beyond existing sanctions on Lukashenko’s political allies and government bodies and “will be a real hit on him, to make him change his behavior and to release political prisoners,” Tsikhanouskaya told reporters.

She said she delivered the list of enterprises, among them state-owned Belaruskali producer of potash fertilizer, at a meeting on Monday with State Department officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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