The State Department Coordinator Will Meet With The Belarusian Opposition In Lithuania
U.S. State Department counterterrorism coordinator Nathan Seils will meet with representatives of the Belarusian opposition on September 21, according to the agency's official website.
"Nathan Sails will also meet with representatives of the Belarusian civil society to discuss how the United States can support the demand of the Belarusian people to hold free and fair elections and stop harsh repressions by the Belarusian authorities after the elections," said in a statement.
The State Department representative will also meet with several Latvian officials to discuss the fight against anti-Semitism and terrorism.
Earlier, TASS reported, referring to a source in the EU Council, that former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya plans to speak at a meeting of the EU Council at the level of foreign ministers.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said that Tikhanovskaya's speech would be a brazen interference in the internal affairs of the republic and disrespect for the people.
The situation in Belarus began to deteriorate on August 9, after the presidential elections. Alexander Lukashenko, who had been in office since 1994, won the election. According to official data, he received 80.08% of the vote and Tikhanovskaya 10.09%. Mass protests began in the republic after the announcement of election results. On September 17, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it called Lukashenko illegitimate president.