U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (Independent-Connecticut) is one of the leading voices in Washington's condemnation of Minsk's crackdown on protesters after December's presidential election.
The violent reaction by authorities to pro-democracy activists has resulted in U.S. and EU sanctions against President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's regime, and in an exclusive interview, the director of RFE/RL's Belarus Service, Alexander Lukashuk, asked Lieberman about how the West views Lukashenka and how it might deal with him going forward.
RFE/RL: You'll soon be traveling to Europe to attend the Munich Security Conference, but your first stop will be in Vilnius, where you'll be meeting with students and activists from neighboring Belarus. What do you want to accomplish in Vilnius?
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