Updates: 03.06.2021 17:29
chest: 03.06.2021, 17:29
MINSK – Belarus has decided to reduce the number of staff at the US Embassy in Minsk, tighten visa requirements and cancel the decision to operate the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in response to US sanctions against Belarusian petrochemical companies. This was stated today by the Russian State Agency TASS, referring to the statement of the spokesman of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Today, the US Chargé d’Affairs was summoned to the State Department and announced retaliatory measures, including reductions in the number of diplomatic, administrative, and technical staff at the US diplomatic mission, stricter visa procedures and restrictions on temporary US experts working in Belarus. Regarding USAID’s work in Belarus. Belarus”.
The Belarusian state agency BELTA reported that the previously adopted US sanctions came into effect today.
“As a sovereign country, we cannot ignore this unfriendly explosion,” a spokesman for Belarusian diplomacy said.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States will renew sanctions on nine Belarusian state-owned companies in late May. The United States has called on Belarus to allow an independent investigation into the emergency landing of a Ryanair plane in which opposition journalist Raman Pratasevic and his girlfriend were arrested. The White House also called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to release all political prisoners and enter into a dialogue with the opposition. The goal is to call for free and fair presidential elections in Belarus.
The first US sanctions against Belarus came into effect in 2006.