Bipartisan group of senators to travel to Eastern Europe as Biden announces new crackdowns against Belarus

Senso. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., will meet with Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Lithuania next week to show support for the pro-democracy movement, especially after Lukashenko escalated last week with the arrest and detainment of journalist Raman Pratasevich.

It is fitting that we begin our trip by meeting with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to express our unwavering support for the people of Belarus as they seek a free and democratic future for their country,” Portman said in a statement.

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks during her news conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Lunedi, Maggio 24, 2021. Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on the International Civil Aviation Organization to begin an investigation, and the ICAO later said it "is strongly concerned by the apparent forced landing." (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya speaks during her news conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, Lunedi, Maggio 24, 2021. Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya called on the International Civil Aviation Organization to begin an investigation, and the ICAO later said itis strongly concerned by the apparent forced landing.” (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

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