From April 1 to accept applications for the issuance of U.S. visas restored. Its volume halved — because in Minsk had only one consul. Immediately at the embassy confirmed that yesterday was obtained by a new proposal of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry forthcoming reduction of its staff. "Proposal Foreign reduction transferred to the State Department and currently is being studied," — noted the U.S. Embassy.
Last week, the U.S. embassy staff has been reduced under the pressure of the Belarusian side to 17. New requirements on the reduction of state of the South American Embassy Belarusian Foreign Ministry clarifies the U.S. refusal to lift the sanctions against "Belneftekhim" concern.
Minsk economist Leonid Zlotnikov notes that a clear disk imaging possible losses from the Belarusian side of these sanctions do not give Minsk nor Washington. But of course, that they are very hooked on the Belarusian authorities, says Leonid Zlotnikov. And it’s not only in the Belarusian potash exports to the U.S. and is hypothetical income from Venezuelan contracts:
"Likely, refers to the fact that in some places in the monetary system blocking probability payments in U.S. Dollars in those systemic banks, which are kept under the control of these payments. I think that the Americans showed the danger without realizing it. While . "
How far can go official Minsk diplomatic confrontation with the United States? Outlook deputy Sergei Kastsyan House of Representatives:
"I do not think Americans are durachiny, so break the case with us. But if they it will, we have nothing to lose, will lose more than just America, it is no connection, no impact, no disk imaging is not will be of Belarus. "
Minsk political analyst Alexei Lord sees another nuance in diplomatic conflict between the U.S. and Belarus:
"They really hurt touched sanctions against" Belneftekhim "and they try to terminate them. I think that they are ready to go and the forthcoming exacerbation (not clear they plan to break diplomatic relations), but with a different purpose — through such steps in their adresok U.S. achieve economic benefits from the Russian Federation. "
Previous acts of the American side in response to the pressure of the official Minsk on the U.S. Embassy sovereign Lord is praised as "implementing the rules of decent tone in diplomatic relations":
"But I think there also has a limit. Succumb to pressure and blackmail, they will not. Not like the U.S. — majestic power, and as it crosses all boundaries of civilized diplomatic relations. "
Political analyst Alexei Lord believes that in this case the Belarusian authorities are pushing the United States and the European Union to the consolidated actions in response.
Belarusian Foreign Ministry yesterday announced staff reductions own embassy in Washington and claimed, that the United States and accordingly reduced the number of employees in their own embassy in Minsk. How much at the moment U.S. diplomats Belarusian side requests to reduce and in what time frame — not the Foreign Ministry they say.
Diplomatic conflict between Belarus and the United States appeared after, U.S. imposed restrictive measures on municipal "Belneftekhim" concern. Belarus Ambassador to the U.S. Misha Khvostova recalled "for consultations." Belarusian authorities immediately bezotstupno recommended the U.S. Ambassador Karen Stewart also quit Belarus for the same purpose, and on March 12 she left Belarus.
U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE, Kyle Scott, later said that the sanctions against the "Belneftekhim" not focused against the Belarusian people, but only against those who are involved in the infringement Human Rights in Belarus. U.S. again called on the Belarusian authorities to release political prisoner Alyaksandr Kozulin and promote dialogue in order to improve relations.
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