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29 Aug 2019

Bolton describes meeting with Belarus president as very important

Bolton describes meeting with Belarus president as very important

MINSK, 29 August (BelTA) – The U.S. President’s National Security Advisor John Bolton described his meeting with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko as very important. John Bolton made the relevant statement after meeting with the Belarusian head of state for over two hours on 29 August, BelTA has learned.

According to John Bolton, all kinds of matters were discussed. The sides did not come up with concrete decisions, yet the importance of the discussion was emphasized. “We had a very lengthy discussion with the Belarus president (about 2 hours and 15 minutes). The discussion touched upon politics, economy, matters of security in the region and the entire world. It was a very important meeting. Certainly, we didn’t come up with some concrete decisions but it was very important to discuss all these matters,” the U.S. president’s national security advisor said.

John Bolton noted that there are certain complications in Belarus-USA relations and the relevant matters had been discussed during the meeting. The new geopolitical reality in the region and opportunities of working together in this regard were also discussed.

When asked whether the possibility of restoring diplomatic presence in Belarus and the USA at the level of ambassadors had been discussed, John Bolton said: “We didn’t talk about it. As you know, we’ve had complicated moments in bilateral relations. We need to see progress in certain spheres in order to secure progress in restoring diplomatic presence. I’ve come here without an intention to give answers to such questions. But I am very grateful to the president for the opportunity to have this meeting and the very interesting and important discussion.”

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