The White House on Monday urged Russia to “respect” sovereignty and democracy in neighboring Belarus where strongman President Alexander Lukashenko faces mass demonstrations calling for new elections.
“Russia must also respect Belarus’ sovereignty and the right of its own people to elect their own leaders freely and fairly,” President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, told reporters.
Lukashenko has the backing of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has raised the possibility of sending military support if Belarus “starts to get out of control.”
- Over 120 protesters in Belarus arrested in opposition march
- Belarusian authorities withdraw accreditation of several foreign journalists
- EU extends sanctions on Belarus officials as OSCE offers to mediate
- US official will travel to Russia, Lithuania amid Belarus crisis
- Tens of thousands of Belarusians protest against government in Minsk
- Belarus blocks over 50 news websites amid large protests against President Lukashenko
- Pompeo says US inspired by protesters in Belarus, offers support