The first day of the OSCE Summit in Astana, according to analysts, was for Belarus is notable for two joint Belarusian-American statements. They were signed by Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Belarus eliminate all its stocks of highly enriched uranium, and the United States intend to provide this technical and financial assistance. This decision was recorded today in a joint statement, the United States and Belarus, adopted at the end of the meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister of Belarus Sergei Martynov within the framework of the OSCE Summit in Astana.
According to the statement, Belarus intends to carry it to the next summit on nuclear security in 2012. U.S. Secretary of State called this intention "is very significant and important step in Belarus."
FM spokesman Andrei Savinykh on the signing of the statement said, "Freedom":
"This decision reflects the consistent policy of Belarus, which is aimed at non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. It is also a logical extension of our contribution to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, to which Our country joined without any preconditions. This step opens up opportunities for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. "
The official representative of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry also said that U.S. Secretary of State recognized the historic decision of Belarus renouncing its nuclear weapons in 1994, a significant contribution to the cause of nuclear disarmament.
Minsk political scientist Andrei Fedorov thought about this, that in the case of uranium in the relations between Minsk and Washington had some problems:
"And the Belarusian government has stated that just will not give up these stocks, saying that we have already given to nuclear weapons, but in that did not get anything. However, a couple of months ago a solution was found. And the rhetoric has calmed down considerably. As usual, all the preparatory work has been carried out in advance. A solemn chord sounded at an important meeting. "
According to Fedorov, under this agreement does not fall so much radioactive material — uranium reserves in Belarus insignificant. A writes, commenting on the event, The New York Times, "the Obama administration has achieved a victory in their efforts to stop the expansion of the world's nuclear materials, nesastuplivay signing an agreement with the former Soviet republic."
In the second joint statement, the United States, "hoping to see significant progress" in the field of democracy and human rights in Belarus. United States, in particular, are hoping to meet the presidential elections in Belarus with international standards. "To improve the bilateral relations between the U.S. and Belarus primary importance is still a statement of greater respect for democracy and human rights, which is necessary for the progress of the country and its citizens", — quotes the text of the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
Columnist Jacob Roman, which is located in Astana, said Alexander Lukashenko has already had a meeting with the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. It Lukashenko wished the head of Ukraine's victory in the presidential election:
"Everyone was expecting that, apparently, there will be some kind of meeting with Medvedev. But there is no sign of this. And it is safe to say, that will not."
In addition, Dmitry Medvedev at the last minute halved details of your stay. He returned to Moscow today, without waiting for the end of the summit.
Message that Lukashenko can meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which appeared on a number of Belarusian sites Jacob evaluates as follows:
"This is not just false information. This — misinformation. Information in written that meet. So, will meet at a common table. Then we can assume that Lukashenka and Medvedev met. No personal meeting will not."
The last time such a representative forum OSCE was going 11 years ago in Istanbul.