Foreign Ministry: Sanctions hinder the development of Belarus-U.S. relations

Belarusian diplomats commented on the decision of the U.S. administration to extend sanctions against President Lukashenka and other officials.

‘The continuation for 1 year by the U.S. President Barack Obama of the Executive Order with respect to Belarus issued in 2006 by the U.S. President George Bush shows that sanction declamations, counter-productive efforts to use coercive methods and the unwillingness to build up international relations on a proper basis still prevail in the U.S. Politics,’ Dzmitry Mironchyk, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said.

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry recommend the White House to ‘pay attention to the absurd statements in the Executive Order on allegedly existing “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” from Belarus, especially against the background of the specific ongoing interaction between our countries on the most important matters of global and regional security.’

Such decisions hinder the development of Belarus-U.S. Relations, Mr Mironchyk stressed.

On June, 10 the U.S. President signed the decree on continuation of American sanctions against Belarusan authorities for another year.

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