Improvement of U.S. relations with Belarus "is only possible with the improvement of the situation of democracy and human rights in the country." This statement was made by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russell on November 17 at a meeting with journalists.
The diplomat noted that "the potential for normalization of our relations remain limited. Our financial and visa sanctions on Belarus remain in force, as the country has not seen progress in the field of democracy and Human Rights . "
"Actions for the lifting of sanctions" should make the Belarusian side. U.S. "Will welcome the positive steps in this direction that will allow us to lift the sanctions," — said the representative of the U.S. State Department.
Russell concluded that while the United States "did not see the changes in the country, which would lead to changes in our policy towards Belarus."
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russell during his visit to Minsk, met with the Minister Foreign Affairs Sergei Martynov, a group of candidates in the presidential candidates and human rights activists.