Senator Joseph Lieberman is one of the leaders of U.S. condemnation of Minsk's crackdown on protesters following last December's presidential election. The violent reaction by authorities to pro-democracy activists resulted in U.S. and EU sanctions against the President Alyaksandr ...
U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (Independent-Connecticut) is one of the leading voices in Washington's condemnation of Minsk's crackdown on protesters after December's presidential election.
The violent reaction by authorities to pro-democracy activists has resulted in U.S. and EU sanctions against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime, and in an exclusive interview, the director of RFE/RL's Belarus Service, Alexander Lukashuk, asked Lieberman about how the West views Lukashenka and how it might deal with him going forward.
RFE/RL: You'll soon be traveling to Europe to attend the Munich Security Conference, but your first stop will be in Vilnius, where you'll be meeting with students and activists from neighboring Belarus. What do you want to accomplish in Vilnius?
Joseph Lieberman: For years now, Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona) and I have been leading a bipartisan delegation from the Congress to the Munich Security Conference, and each year we try to stop somewhere where we hope we'll learn something and perhaps be able to make a constructive difference. And we felt very strongly that we wanted to go to Vilnius this year to discuss the situation in Belarus.