“Our energy producers are ready to provide you 100% at competitive prices,” Pompeo noted.
Thus, he emphasized, "the United States wants to help Belarus to create its own sovereign state." "We are the largest energy producer in the world, and all you need to do is tell us and contact us," said the US Secretary of State.
Contracts for the supply of Russian oil to Belarus ended on December 31, 2019. Since then, the parties have been negotiating their extension, which has been delayed due to disagreements on the price of supplies and transportation.
As reported, in Minsk Pompeo said that 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.
"We will consider what sanctions could 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.
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 US official 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 assured.
Pompeo said that the parties need to work to overcome obstacles and more free access of American business to the Belarusian market.