Belarus and the United States are ready to fully normalize their bilateral cooperation, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey said Monday at the official ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque for American Ruth Waller, an employee of the Belarus Mission of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), on Minsk secondary school No.130.
Attending the event, U.S. Charge d’Affaires Scott Rauland expressed hope that the return of the U.S. Ambassador to Belarus would be a good step forward in the development of relations between the two countries,.
In turn, Uladzimir Makey noted that the work is underway to help the countries conduct a full-fledged dialogue between the countries. Watch our video (English subtitles):
“I do believe that such steps informatively and emotionally foster the rapprochement between the Belarusian and American nations. We should not look at each other through gun sights. We should talk to each other, have an open dialogue. Of course, sometimes it is really hard. But we should talk in order to find compromise deals to the issues that seem insolvable. Only through a dialogue and cooperation, through building positive atmosphere we will be able to gain understanding and establish close ties. At the moment, Belarus and the United States are just at the level of gradual expansion of positive atmosphere in our relations, and it is my strong conviction that the process will continue, because the both sides are ready to fully normalize our mutual relations. Belarus is a small country, we realize what role the USA plays and will be playing in the world. And we are interested in the full-scale restoration of our relations with the United States.”
Due to restrictions imposed unilaterally by the Belarusian Government in 2008 on the number of U.S. diplomats allowed in Minsk, the American Embassy was forced to reduce its staff from 35 to five diplomats as well as withdraw its Ambassador. The number of U.S. diplomats was later increased to six in July 2014.