Today in Minsk with a one-day visit is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russell. He must go through a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Martynov, some presidential candidates from opposition political parties and democratic movements. Also, Mr. Russell is going to meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations that are monitoring the elections.
During the working visit to Belarus Daniel Russell All meetings are held in the second half of the day. And the information that we have, they will end somewhere around 9-pm. A visit began with a meeting of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State to the Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov. The meeting lasted about two hours.
A spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh in a conversation with the "freedom" of the talks said the following:
"Just finished a meeting Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russell, who is in Minsk on a working visit. During the meeting they discussed issues related to the development of bilateral Belarusian-American relations. Participants also exchanged views on international issues that that has a mutual interest. "
Columnist Jacob Roman said that the arrival of U.S. official has clearly parallels with the visits that have taken place recently with the European direction:
"When people talk about coordination or other forms of cooperation between the U.S. and the EU in its relations with Belarus, then there may be differences in tactics, not in strategy. And the strategy is that in the first place put democratic values. This was emphasized Ministers Sikorski and Westerwelle, when they came to Minsk. And this, I believe, anywhere in Minsk will speak and a representative of Washington. Indeed, in the United States in the first place is always the right man. "
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus note that today discussed issues "related to the development of bilateral Belarusian-American relations." International observer Roman Jacob sure: today the parties could not avoid the problem of a full resumption of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk. But Jacob did not think that it is a matter to be resolved quickly:
"There are no indications that such changes are expected, no. According to my personal information, the U.S. is waiting for steps from the Belarusian. Belarusians are the first to take such steps. "