JRL NEWSWATCH: “Biegun Says U.S. Sees No Indication of Russian Military Plans in Belarus” – Reuters

Cropped File Photo of Stephen Biegun, adapted from image featured at state.gov

“Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun [was in Lithuania,] signal[ing] a greater U.S. role … trying to settle … strife … erupt[ing] when Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on peaceful protesters … reject[ing] his claim of a landslide election victory [claiming it was rigged]. … Asked about possible Russian military intervention … [Biegun] said: ‘Of course that would be most unwelcome, but we don’t have any indication beyond some … public remarks ….’ Map of Belarus and Environs, adapted from images at cia.govHe … [met] [currently exiled] Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, [who had been] the main [Belarusian] opposition candidate …. “We urge the government of Belarus to accept the OSCE chair’s offer to facilitate dialogue and engage all stakeholders,” Biegun told a conference …. ‘The United States cannot and will not decide the course of events in Belarus, this is the right of the Belarusian people.'”

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