during the meeting with arrived in Minsk, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with humor told about the “dictatorship” in his country. According to Lukashenko, the Belarusian dictatorship “is different because everybody is off on Saturday and Sunday, and the President works.”
Lukashenko also praised Pompeo that after “absolutely baseless misunderstandings of the past authorities,” dare to come to Minsk and to assess “what is here for the people, what people, what kind of dictatorship, what democracy is there, a lot of it or a little”. According to the Belarusian President, foreign guest “should know what came in a normal country, where the lives of normal people”, reports “Interfax”.
And history, and mentality of the Belarusian people completely peaceful, he said, and he was convinced that, even for a short period Pompeo stay in the country his guest will feel it.
Pompeo at the meeting with Lukashenka told about Washington’s support for the sovereignty and independence of Belarus, but also of the concern of the United States by a situation with observance of human rights in this country.
the United States, according to Pompeo, appreciated the efforts of Belarus in combating terrorism and look forward to further development of relations in this sphere. The head of the state Department also confirmed that the United States will soon appoint its Ambassador in Belarus since 2008, the two countries diplomatic mission headed by a chargé d’affaires.
Pompeo also stressed that Washington seeks to put the Minsk faced with a choice between the West and Russia, with which Belarus has a “long history” of relations.
the doctor of political Sciences, Professor of the RAS Alexander Gusev believes that during the visit to Minsk Pompeo just try to distance Belarus from Russia. According to the expert, for Lukashenko the meaning of Pompeo’s visit more economic, rather than political, while the US is a political challenge — especially Russia.
“Americans Have the idea is simple – to tear Belarusth from Russia. But Lukashenko, in this connection, looking for mainly cheap oil and gas outside Russia, it is absolutely pragmatic goals,” said Gusev, RIA Novosti reported.
the Arrival of Pompeo in Minsk, according to the expert, in any case is not random — especially the Americans earlier declared its intention to alienate Russia from the countries of Central and Middle Asia. Now, said Gusev, they try to do it with Belarus.
on the Eve of Mike Pompeo for the first time during the presidency of Vladimir Zelensky official visit to Kiev. In the capital of Ukraine, the head of the state Department held talks with the Minister of foreign Affairs Vadym Prystayko and President of the Square.