U.S. monitoring Belarus closely, says Pompeo

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint news conference with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in Vienna, Austria, August 14, 2020. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/Pool

WARSAW (Reuters) - The United States is tracking the situation in Belarus after last weekend’s disputed election then a crackdown on protests, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday.

“We follow the situation closely,” he told a press conference during a visit to Warsaw after stops in the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia during a regional trip focused on cyber and energy security.

Also at the press conference, Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said potential sanctions on Belarus should only apply to top officials.

Reporting by Agnieszka Barteczko and Anna Koper; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne