January 22 in Belarus arrives Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas had. The purpose of the visit — to get first-hand information about the situation in Belarus after the military action that took place after the events of December 19.
This was reported to the U.S. Embassy BelaPAN.
The visit, which will last until January 25, is also designed to demonstrate U.S. solidarity with Belarusian civil society. A State Department official is going to call for the immediate release of all those arrested, the embassy said.
Thomas had planned to meet with the families of the detainees, members of the democratic opposition, NGOs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus and EU missions.
Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be held today, according to yesterday's press-secretary of the Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh. Is expected to hold talks with the leaders had control of America and management of humanitarian cooperation of the Foreign Ministry. The meeting will be held at the request of the American side, said Savin.
The United States supported the European Parliament resolution on the immediate imposition of sanctions against the Belarusian government in connection with its response to the statement of opposition after the presidential election.
As reported on January 20 in Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, on the other hand the U.S. is ready to take additional measures to restore sanctions against Belarusian officials, who had previously been removed. On this issue conducted "thorough consultations" with its EU partners, said Crowley.
U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE Ian Kehl Speaking on January 20 in Vienna at a meeting of the Permanent Council of the organization, said that the United States is considering the possibility of recovery of sanctions against Belarus if in the coming days, the situation will not change.
Official Minsk, said Kehl, should give the signal, "if not canceled moves made after December 19, especially for prisoners, the will be of the consequences against the Belarusian leadership. "