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29 Aug 2019

Bolton: We can find common ground with Belarus

Bolton: We can find common ground with Belarus

MINSK, 29 August (BelTA) – John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security advisor, suggested discussing regional security and bilateral cooperation as he met with Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko. The U.S. national security advisor believes that the parties will be able to find common ground, BelTA has learned.

“I think we have an excellent opportunity to discuss several very important matters - regional security and bilateral cooperation. A number of issues are of particular interest to the United States: human rights and non-proliferation of arms. I agree with you that we should be as open as possible in these matters. I believe we can find common ground,” he said.

John Bolton pointed to significant changes in Belarus-USA relations and named topics he would like to discuss during the visit. “History does not stand still. A fair amount of time has passed since the collapse of the Soviet Union; the geopolitical situation has changed. It is changing even as we are talking. Therefore, there is a regional agenda, there are also matters related to some faraway countries that also have an impact on the situation here. This is what we would like to discuss with you, too,” he explained. John Bolton added that he is looking forward to exchanging views on these matters with the Belarusian president.

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