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Pompeo: Visit to Minsk brings solution to sanctions on Belarus closer

Source : 112 Ukraine

United States sees opportunity to expand relations with Belarus
08:30, 2 February 2020

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The United States is not yet ready for the final lifting of sanctions against Belarus, but the meetings held in Minsk with the President and Foreign Minister of Belarus bring a solution to this issue. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated this after negotiations with President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, TASS reported.

"We will consider what sanctions can be lifted. So far we have not reached this point. But such moments as today bring us closer to this goal," the US Secretary of State stated.

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So he answered the question about sanctions, linked to the situation with respect for human rights in Belarus. Pompeo said this issue was addressed at a meeting with Lukashenko. “Belarus has made significant progress on these issues. Further progress is the only way to lift sanctions,” the Secretary of State said.

According to him, the United States sees an opportunity to expand relations with Belarus. "The United States was among the first to recognize the independence of Belarus. We remain in the same position and we hope for deeper relations," Pompeo said.

Pompeo notes that the parties need to work to overcome obstacles and more free access of American business to the Belarusian market.

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At the same time, Pompeo emphasized that Belarus should independently choose the development path, not succumbing to any force.

As we reported, during his visit to Ukraine, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited wounded Ukrainian soldiers at the Kyiv Military Hospital.

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