US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has informed Belarus that Washington can provide it with all the oil it requires.
Belarus is currently in a row with primary ally Russia about oil supplies.
No US secretary of state has actually checked out Belarus for more than 25 years, due to frosty relations with authoritarian ruler Alexander Lukashenko.
Ties have enhanced in recent years, as relations between Belarus and Russia soured. But Mr Pompeo stopped short of raising sanctions on top officials.
The sanctions were imposed in 2006 amid issues about the fairness of elections and rights offenses.
The then US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice explained Belarus as Europe’s last dictatorship.
Near neighbours Belarus and Russia have been in a loose financial union because the 1990 s but Russia has been pressing Belarus for more detailed integration, and the two nations recently failed to concur an oil supply agreement for 2020.
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However, after a conference with Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei in Minsk, Mr Pompeo recommended that the United States might offer Belarus with oil at “competitive rates”.
” We’re the greatest energy manufacturer worldwide, and all you have to do is call us,” he said.
” Your country need to not be required to be based on any one partner for your success or for your security.”
He stated he anticipated the 2 nations to exchange ambassadors soon, but there was still “work to do” prior to sanctions might be lifted.
” The United States prioritises respect for human rights, a strong civil society and liberty of the press in every corner of the world. More progress in those locations is the only path towards lifting sanctions,” Mr Pompeo stated.
But he said he knew the “history” in between Belarus and Russia, and was not recommending that Belarus had to choose between Washington and Moscow.
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