Belarus and the United States intend to restore the number of diplomatic personnel in the embassies in Minsk and in the United States. The Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko said it to TASS.
“As for relations with the United States, we are now working to restore the level of diplomatic presence in Belarus and the United States and move forward on the path of building normal relations,” Semashko said.
According to him, Minsk intends to develop relations with various partners in the international arena, as the Belarusian side is interested in new markets for its products, as well as in attracting investment.
Earlier, the American edition of Foreign Policy, citing sources in the state Department, said that Minsk abolished the restriction on the number of American diplomats who can work in Belarus. In turn, Belarusian foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said that Minsk and Washington are negotiating to expand the diplomatic presence.
In 2008, a diplomatic scandal broke out between the US and Belarus over the introduction of the US sanctions against Minsk due to human rights violations. Then the US Ambassador Karen Stewart left Belarus, and 30 employees of the US Embassy were expelled from the country. Since then, the Embassy in both countries are headed by a chargé d’affaires.