Alexander Lukashenko meets US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Scott Rauland


Alexander Lukashenko meets US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Scott Rauland

Belarus stands for the normalization of relations with the United States on mutually beneficial terms, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with US Charge d'Affaires in Belarus Scott Rauland, whose diplomatic mission is completing.  

He has worked in Minsk since 2014. Prior to this diplomat represented US interests in Azerbaijan, Germany, Pakistan, Ecuador, Afghanistan, Malaysia and Russia's Yekaterinburg.

The USA and Belarus are promising partners. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that currently there are no taboo topics in the countries' cooperation. In turn, the United States is also prepared to continue on the path of normalization of relations.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
To say that everything is good in the relationship between our states would not be sincere from the diplomatic point of view. But what is much better is that we are moving in the normal, in the right direction, probably, and you cannot deny this. With the good will of the United States leadership, we will be able to do much more in the near future. Yes, we have certain obligations to our neighbors, we have a very close cooperation (you know it) with Russia, with China, with India. These are our strategic allies and partners; we have relevant agreements with them. We have never hidden the fact that we will not have a full-fledged foreign policy without normalizing relations with the United States. We do not hide that we really want to normalize relations with the United States on mutually beneficial terms. 
When businessmen come from the United States and I meet with them, discussing the investment climate in Belarus, I tell them: 'Please, work in Belarus under US laws, we will create the relevant legal framework to you.' They say: 'No, we want to work based on Belarusian laws.' For me, this is a very strong leverage and the basis for conversation with other businessmen. 
We must admit that Americans are completely different and various people, they differ from each other much but what unites them all is that they are all sincere people. We do not have taboo topics in cooperation with you. We do not have such liabilities to other states that would be contrary to our cooperation with the USA. Even Russians now tell us that a normal relationship with Western Europe and the United States is something absolutely acceptable and necessary. I emphasize again: if there is good will on the part of the United States, we will resolve any problems.

Scott Rauland, Chargé d'Affaires of the United States of America in the Republic of Belarus: 
We are very happy for the progress we have achieved in the last two years. Washington wanted me to convey to you: we are ready to cooperate with Belarus for a good future. The main thing is that the territorial sovereignty and independence of Belarus must be at the highest and sturdiest level.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
You can be sure that this will be the case. The independence and sovereignty is sacred for me as the President and for the Belarusian people. This is an icon. We never agree to cease to be a sovereign state. And believe me, we do what it takes to remain sovereign. Without any hubbub or pomp. We will make it nice and easy and we will always be independent. The Lord sees that the people of Belarus deserved this through its history

Diplomatic relations between Belarus and the United States were established more than 20 years ago. They have recently reached a new level.

The two presidents met in September last year during the visit of Alexander Lukashenko to New York to attend the UN Summit.

In turn, interagency delegations and a delegation of congressmen have visited Belarus over the past two years. In March 2016, the President of Belarus met with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

The two countries cooperate on issues of global and regional security.

With regard to turnover, by the end of 2015, it amounted to a little less than $600 million. The United States is a country that is actively investing in the Belarusian economy.