White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US is calling on Russia to use its influence over Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s regime to stop using migrants. She also announced that the US is coordinating with the European Union the imposition of new sanctions on Belarus.
During Monday’s press conference, Psaki said: “We call on Russia and encourage it to directly use its influence over the Lukashenka regime to end the callous exploitation of people. There is no doubt that they (Russia – ed.) Have the opportunity to influence Belarus.”
The spokeswoman said Washington is in close contact with representatives of the European Union and other allies to hold the Belarusian regime accountable for its actions.
“This also includes the preparation of new sanctions in close coordination with them,” she added. At the same time, she denied that President Joe Biden held or planned a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, as did, inter alia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Joe Biden summit with the leader of China
Speaking about the virtual summit of President Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Psaki did not deny or confirm whether the US leader intended to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Psaki announced that the conversation, which will take place on the night of Monday to Tuesday, Polish time, will be honest and will concern responsible rivalry between superpowers. She added that the conversation could take up to several hours.
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