U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed support for the Belarusian people, recalling the U.S. sanctions against Belarus. He stated this at a press conference in Washington on October 15.
In his opening remarks at a press conference on Thursday, 15 October, Mike Pompeo touched upon a number of topical issues on the international agenda, stating that the State Department team is working hard to resolve conflicts in Europe, including in Belarus.
“In Belarus, we resolutely support the Belarusian people who continue to demand accountability from Belarus’s leaders for the suppression of democracy, as we did when we levied sanctions on those responsible, in conjunction with our democratic allies in Europe and Canada. We also reiterate our demand for the immediate release of U.S. citizen Vitali Shkliarov,” he said.
Among other things, Mike Pompeo said that as the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, the United States “remains committed to helping Azerbaijan and Armenia achieve a peaceful and sustainable settlement to their conflict.” Besides, Pompeo called on Russia to cooperate fully with the investigation into the chemical nerve agent attack against Alexei Navalny.
Recall that on 2 October, the United States published a sanctions list, which included eight Belarusian officials: Interior Minister Yuri Karaev, Deputy Minister Alexander Barsukov, Deputy Minister and Commander of Internal Troops Yuri Nazarenko, Deputy Commander of Internal Troops Khazalbek Atabekov, Head of the Internal Affairs Directorate of the Minsk City Executive Committee Ivan Kubrakov, the commander of the capital’s OMON, Dmitry Balaba, as well as the deputy chairman of the CEC Vadim Ipatov and the secretary of the CEC Elena Dmukhaylo.