Deputy head of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aleh Krauchanka has visited Washington DC and participated in the discussion “Between East and West: Belarus at the Crossroads”, which was organized by The Atlantic Council think tank.
“Mr Krauchanka acted very cautiously, he did not make big statements. You could only draw big statements from him through some questions. and this was what the audience did. It should be noted that the panel was unbalanced. the speakers stuck to one point of view on the situation in Belarus and the prospects of relations between Belarus and the United States. Namely, they believe it is necessary to turn a blind eye on the internal situation in Belarus and pay more attention to geopolitics, which means to support Lukashenka in the face of the growing threat from Russia,” said Valer Kavaleuski from the Belarusian-American Association (Washington).
At the meeting, the deputy minister was asked about the recent repression in Belarus and the case of the “White Legion”.
“Mr Krauchanka said that he believes the law enforcement bodies of Belarus, but he also acknowledged that the factor of human rights remains on the agenda in relations with the United States. I do not think that Washington will believe the Belarusian law enforcement agencies, but the question is whether it will be taken into account — the methods of peaceful protesters,” says Valer Kavaleuski.