Members of the administration of US President Donald Trump and US presidential candidate Joe Biden expressed concern about the latest events in Belarus during the elections and an unfavorable attitude towards protesters, Axios reported.
Biden called for a transparent and careful counting of votes, the release of political protesters, and appealed to President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko to respect the right to protest and stop the violence.
Following a presidential election marred by fraud, peaceful protesters demanding accurate vote counts are currently confronted with police using stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets, Biden noted.
In turn, White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said during a briefing that the US presidential administration is deeply concerned about the elections and detention of peaceful demonstrators and independent journalists and called on the country's authorities to abandon the use of force.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also made an official statement, noting that the elections in Belarus were not free and fair and urged the country's authorities to stop using force against the protesters.
According to him, they strongly condemn the ongoing violence against protesters and the detention of opposition supporters, as well as the shutdown of the internet to prevent the Belarusian people from sharing information about elections and demonstrations.