"The United States will remain committed to the spirit of dialogue with Belarus, which will lead to cooperation for the benefit of our countries", — quotes the Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Michael Scanlan BelaPAN. The diplomat said on July 1 at a reception in honor of Independence Day of the United States:
"As Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who was born on the territory of modern Belarus, dedicated his life to freedom and democracy and the U.S. will remain faithful to the spirit of dialogue, which is based on universal human values."
Chief of mission stressed that the current U.S. Independence Day is celebrated in the last residence of the American ambassador in Raubichi:
"Since March 2008, it was empty. We will be sorry soon lose this house, which has seen many receptions, meetings in honor of our Belarusian friends and colleagues, representatives of all walks of life and society. Unfortunately, the last two he wasand the time of missed opportunities in the relationship between our countries . "
Relations between Washington and Minsk have worsened in the spring of 2008, following the publication of the specification for sanctions against the State Concern "Belneftekhim". March 7 from Washington for consultations was recalled Belarusian Ambassador Mikhail Khvostov, and on 12 March at the request of the Belarusian side of the U.S. ambassador left Belarus Karen Stewart. Moreover, Americans were asked to reduce its embassy staff and Minsk on 27 March left 17 diplomats. Another 11 employees have left the embassy of Belarus in early May 2008.