Minsk upset over extension of sanctions against Belarus

The sanctions allegedly "do not take into account changes in Belarusian- American relations"

Belarus does not agree with the extension of U.S. sanctions and promises to establish relations with America in order to have them lifted, according to a statement by the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

"The decision adopted on the 10th of June duplicates the previous acts and does not take into account the current changes in Belarusian-American relations," the press secretary of the Foreign Ministry stated responding to journalists.

According to him, Belarusian authorities intended to continue the dialogue with America "to normalize relations and to achieve complete cancelation of the executive order signed by President George Bush on June 16, 2006."

"We hope that the 10th year of sanctions will be the last," the representative of the MFA added.

As was reported, U.S. President Barack Obama decided to extend sanctions against a number of members of the Government and "other individuals." The sanctions target Belarusians who harm "democratic processes and institutions" in the country.

  Belarus, USA