England and Belarus established diplomatic affairs 1991.
Three years later, in connection with the withdrawal of nuclear weapons, England, together with the U.S. and Russia signed Budapeshtski memorandum security assurances Belarus. These countries zabavyazalisya guarantee its territorial integrity and political independence.
British Embassy in Minsk revealed 1995. On this occasion, Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Nicholas Bonsar.
And before the referendum in 1996 Speaker of the Supreme Council of Semen Sharetsky perceived delegation of members of parliament of England.
After 1996 official contacts were almost frozen.
Counselor of the Embassy in public relations Kasia Bespalov said:
"Officially, the appropriate dialogue in terms of common European values, human rights and democracy. This is the main reason for the lack of direct cooperation between the English and Belarusian governments."
England holds the EU policy. If 1998 official Minsk evicted foreign diplomats from their residences in the village Thrushes, salting England Zhesyka Pirz, along with other ambassadors, almost a year left Belarus for consultations.
During the past presidency of the European Union of England a lot of attention was paid to the Belarusian issue.
In 2006, the Parliament of England for the first time held a hearing about the dilemmas of democratization in Belarus. Minister for Europe Douglas Alexander reiterated British support for sanctions imposed by the European Union against a number of Belarusian officials.
Ambassadors in Minsk were John Everard, Zhesyka Pirz, Ian Kelly and Brian Bennett. The middle of July in Belarus arrives New England salting Michael gedak.
Kasia Bespalov said:
"Britain kept a common European policy towards Belarus, and it was based on the same public values — democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of association and assembly. EU offers Belarus certain privileges, and the Belarusian government not showing their willingness to go the method of cooperation."
England took care of the former chairman of the State Bank of Belarus Tamara Vinnikova (In the picture). In 1999, she mysteriously escaped from custody and emigrate.
Through political motives and the lack of enthusiasm of the English business three years back the embassy closed sales department.
Due to misunderstandings with the authorities closed in Minsk and English advice because curled and financing of cultural exchange.
At the moment, the British side supports a number of projects to help a civilian society in Belarus.