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Though it has stressed its decision does not reflect any change in the European Union (EU)'s policy towards Belarus, the European Council did make a very relevant move by easing diplomatic contacts with Belarus and suspending the EU travel ban on the Belarusian Foreign Minister Mr. Vladimir Makei, said DiploNews. Even if "Mr. Makei will remain on the list of persons subject to EU restrictive measures, but the visa ban will not be applied to him," the EU specified.
Till it reconsiders its move in October on the occasion of its annual review of its restrictive measures against Belarus, the EU will "maintain its policy of critical engagement with Belarus, including its policy of sanctions, with a view to furthering the respect for human rights, the rule of law and democratic principles in Belarus," an official statement read. Belarus' relations with the United States also witnessed "positive developments" according to the Belarusian government.
On June 21 in Washington D.C., Yuri Ambrazevich, Head of the Directorate for Multilateral Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, and Oleg Kravchenko, Charge D'Affaires a.i. of Belarus in the US, exchanged information with unnamed counterparts at the US Department of State (DOS), "informed on Belarus' initiatives in the international multilateral cooperation and proposed the American side the potential direction of interaction to solve a number of international problems." The US diplomats expressed interest in continuing dialogue, the Belarusian officials said, in absence of any official comment by the DOS.
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