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Biden Meets Exiled Belarusian Opposition Leader to Show Support

  • President received Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya at the White House
  • Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko continues crackdown

President Joe Biden met the exiled opposition leader of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, at the White House Wednesday as the post-Soviet nation is swept by a new round of crackdowns against the opposition, media and civil society.

“The United States stands with the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights,” Biden said on Twitter after speaking with Tsikhanouskaya in a meeting that wasn’t listed on his public schedule.