"The United States in turn had read the Belarusian authorities that we continue to take positive measures against Belarusian officials and those who are responsible for violations of human rights, democracy and corruption pripiranie which they use as a tool to retain power.
We are also prepared to take appropriate measures with respect to objects which are belonging or controlled by such persons. Statement by U.S. Ambassador Karen Stewart on this matter at a press conference on December 13 was manufactured in full accordance with the policy of the United States.
A key to improving US-Belarus relations remains in the hands of Belarus. This release of all political prisoners and the preservation of basic democratic norms, including freedom of expression, assembly and association. We are ready to respond positively to the decision by the authorities to release all political prisoners. Such a move could pave the way for long-awaited improvements relations, "- said in a statement.
December 30 President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko threatened to expel the U.S. ambassador if the United States to impose new sanctions against Belarus, Lukashenko said:
"How significant will be introduced to our economy sanctions, we will respond very aggressively on all fronts, in politics, in economics and other fields. First who will be thrown out, it will be salting the United States."
Earlier, at a press conference salting U.S. states in Minsk that the South American government is considering additional sanctions against Belarusian companies in 2008.
Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party (Hramada) Igor Rynkevich relative expressions Lukashenko said:
"I think it’s pretty cheeky, nedyplyamatychny gesture on the part of the person who holds the position of president.
Even the financial affairs, which is derived from the Russian regime does not allow to speak in a tone against a country that is the most powerful democracy in the world. "
According Rinkevich, the U.S. government spends more alternately policy against the official Minsk:
"Action will unfold regardless of which side of the transatlantic partners perceive the U.S. — EU. Both Germany and France should take a more fundamentally a position that would be based on the principles proposed in November 2006, the Government and the people of Belarus."
On sanctions by the U.S. and EU UCP chairman Anatoly Lebedko said:
"It’s not sanctions against Belarus. This sanctions policy defaults in international sphere. This also applies to human rights and freedom of the media and elections, not imitations. So there is some reason not in a special position in Washington, and just that Lukashenko wants to ride around town on a car is not like everyone else, and on the tank, and with all this than focusing that light burns — reddish or greenish. "
According to the former chairman of the Supreme Soviet of Belarus Stanislav Shushkevich, penalties due, as Belarus does international agreements.
"First 2008 year willt very tense relations between the U.S. and Belarus. In my opinion, our management does not understand what actually it is. If for what they are because they got Russian loan, it is all the more terrible. After all, this is almost cool recovering war. "
Last fall, the U.S. imposed sanctions on municipal "Belneftekhim" concern because Belarusian authorities refused to release political prisoners. U.S. authorities have also expanded the list of Belarusian officials banned race on the terrain of the country. Besides Alexander Lukashenko and members of the government, this list includes other bureaucrats.
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