Press Agency “BelTA”: How would you comment on the decision of the US Administration to extend restrictive measures against the Belarusian side?
Andrei Shuplyak: This decision was initiated by the George W. Bush Administration in 2006. Since then Belarus-United States relations have changed significantly, but it is obvious that when it comes to certain matters unfortunately Washington still fails to review its outdated position towards Belarus.
The notion that Belarus that has been doing its utmost to strengthen regional and international security could possibly pose any threat to other states sounds ever more absurd.
Moreover, we believe that the decision taken by the American side does not reflect the actual situation in the relationship between Belarus and the United States currently engaged in a dialogue discussing matters of mutual interest, as well as reciprocal concern.
The Belarusian side is interested in continuing constructive engagement with the United States. We count on American side’s taking results of this process into consideration while making decisions related to our bilateral relations.