The document would allow the U.S. not to recognize the results of the August presidential election in Belarus
The bill aimed to increase pressure on President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in connection with the repression of his regime against the opposition, is sent to President Donald Trump for signature, said one of its main initiators.
The author of the bill is Congressman Chris Smith, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“By passing this bill, Congress recognizes what the struggling, courageous people of Belarus have been fighting since August 9. The recent election was clearly fraudulent and has no credibility in the international community with anyone other than Lukashenko himself, and possibly Russia,” said Congressman Smith.
The bipartisan bill was included in an unrelated budget initiative and is before Congress this week.
“This bipartisan bill renews sanctions on Belarusian officials who have hindered the country’s transition to democracy,” said the U.S. congressman.
“It provides much-needed support for the Belarusian media and the country’s important IT sector. The Belarusian people are fighting to preserve their country’s independence and sovereignty despite the threat posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin,” he added.
The document will allow, among other things, to declare that the U.S. will not recognize the results of the rigged presidential election in Belarus on August 9, 2020, and will not allow recognition of Lukashenko as the legally elected leader of Belarus.
The bill also calls for new presidential elections in Belarus, complying with OSCE standards, and the immediate release of all political prisoners in Belarus.
Among other things, the inclusion of Belarus into the so-called “Union State” will not be recognized by the U.S.