Mike Pompeo: U.S. ready to cover 100% of Belarus' oil needs

American producers are ready to cover 100% of Belarus’ oil needs at competitive prices, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Minsk after a meeting with Alyaksandr Lukashenka, BelTA informs.

“The U.S. wants to help Belarus create its sovereign state and our energy producers are ready to provide you with the necessary oil to cover 100% of your needs at competitive prices. We are the largest energy producer in the world, and all you need to do is tell us and contact us,” Mike Pompeo told reporters after bilateral talks with Lukashenka behind closed doors.

Mike Pompeo is in Minsk. photo: VASILY FEDOSENKO / Reuters / Forum

According to Radio Liberty, Pompeo expressed hope that this visit would be a serious step towards closer relations and ties between the United States and Belarus.

Pompeo said he talked to Lukashenka about the need to create easier conditions for American businesses to enter the Belarusian market.

“Belarus has made real progress on democratization and human rights issues, but there is still work to be done. The United States prioritises respect for human rights, a strong civil society and press freedom in every corner of the world. Progress in these areas is the only way towards lifting of American sanctions”.

After Mike Pompeo’s plane landed at Minsk National Airport, he headed to the Independence Palace to meet with Alyaksandr Lukashenka. He was greeted at the entrance to the Palace by Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey.