The bill, aimed at increasing pressure on President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in connection with the repression of his regime against the opposition, is sent for signature to President Donald Trump, said one of its main initiators.
The bill was sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“By adopting this bill, the Congress recognizes what the struggling, brave people of Belarus have been fighting against since August 9. The recent elections were clearly rigged and do not inspire confidence in the international community for anyone except Lukashenka himself, and possibly Russia, ”said Congressman Smith.
The bipartisan bill was included in an unrelated budget initiative and was brought before Congress this week.
“This bipartisan bill renews sanctions against Belarusian officials, who hindered the country’s transition to democracy,” the American congressman said.
“He provides much-needed support to the Belarusian media and the country’s important IT sector. The Belarusian people are fighting to preserve the independence and sovereignty of their country, despite the threat posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, ”he added.
Having become law, the document will allow, among other things, to declare that the United States does not recognize the results of the rigged presidential elections in Belarus on August 9, 2020, and also will not allow Lukashenko to be recognized as the legally elected leader of Belarus.
The bill also calls for a new presidential election in Belarus that meets OSCE standards and for the immediate release of all political prisoners in Belarus.
Among other things, the inclusion of Belarus in the so-called “Union State” will not be recognized by the United States.