Belarus is suspending the approval of all new projects, grants, and programs through the U.S. government until the “restoration of trust” between the countries, the press secretary of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Anatoly Glaz told.
On Monday, August 9, the United States additionally imposed sanctions against Minsk against more than 40 individuals and structures of Belarus. In this regard, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry reported that the republic would thoroughly assess the sanctions and take adequate retaliatory measures. On Wednesday, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry held a meeting with the U.S. Charge d’affaires in Belarus Ruben Harutyunyan, during which the Belarusian side informed the American side about retaliatory measures to sanctions. In particular, we are talking about reducing the staff of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, withdrawing consent to the appointment of Julie Fisher as U.S. ambassador to the republic.
“Taking into account the loss of trust on the part of Belarus by the current U.S. administration, the approval of all new projects, grants, and programs through the U.S. government on our part is suspended until such trust is returned,” said Glaz.
He noted that due to diplomatic ethics, Minsk would not publicly announce all its retaliatory measures to unfriendly actions of the United States.
“Based on the results of the ongoing study (of new U.S. sanctions), we reserve the right to take additional retaliatory measures,” the press secretary stressed.
Belarus is ready to dialogue with the United States and will review the response to U.S. sanctions when Washington’s policy towards Minsk returns to a constructive course.
“I would like to emphasize once again that even in the current situation, Belarus is ready for dialogue and will review some measures introduced if Washington’s policy towards Belarus returns to a constructive course. Which, by the way, would correspond to the interests of Belarusians and Americans in practice, and not in high-sounding words,” Glaz said.