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Belarus' Foreign Ministry: Nothing surprising in prolongation of USA's sanctions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus sees no point in criticizing the decision of US President Barack Obama to extend for a year the sanctions against Belarusian officials, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Mironchik, said at a briefing in Minsk on June 11.

"I would like to draw attention to the fact that the decision of the US president does not contain anything new. The text of this executive order coincides with the text of the 2014 decision. This demonstrates the slowness of the American bureaucracy, its weak sensitivity to what is happening in the world, including in our region. In this regard, there is no sense to criticize this decision, the US president," he said.

According to Mr Mironchik, there has been recently "a certain improvement in the Belarusian-American relations." 

Nevertheless, he said, "differences, including of a fundamental nature, are preserved."

"The differences in the estimates, opinions and approaches will continue. However, our relationship should be determined not so much by controversy but by the general interest and responsible action in the field of global and regional security as well as other topical issues of the international agenda," stressed the Foreign Ministry spokesman. 

It would be unreasonable to count "on a one-time solution to all difficult issues in relations with the US," said Mr Mironchik.

"This is because the history of disagreements is already two decades long." However, the countries should continue the path of constructive and "mutually beneficial cooperation".