On July 20, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Kravchenko as ambassador to the United States after 12 years in office. empty.
Speaking after being appointed, the new Ambassador Kravchenko emphasized that despite the differences in political-military institutions, Belarus and the US have the potential to become important partners of each other.
Mr. Kravchenko emphasized a key point in the bilateral relationship, which is the dialogue on issues with different points of view.
According to Mr. Kravchenko, the two sides shared common interests in the fields of finance, economic and energy dialogue, international security, cooperation between law enforcement agencies.
New Ambassador Kravchenko affirmed that the two countries would like to maintain normalization of relations at a stable level.
New Ambassador Kravchenko is a diplomatic official who spent a lot of time working in the US. In 2007 and 2008, he was Counselor at the Belarusian Embassy in the United States.
During 2008-2014, he was an interim advisor in the United States and until 2017, he was the Director of the Department of the United States and Canada of the Belarus Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The position of Belarus Ambassador to the US has been vacant for the past 12 years after the scandal diplomatic In 2008, the two sides withdrew their ambassador to the country and kept the embassy staff to a minimum.
The bilateral relationship has warmed after the 2015 Belarus presidential election and the two sides announced an ambassador exchange this year.
According to sources, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs Julie Fisher could be a candidate for US Ambassador to Belarus.
Previously, this diplomat was a deputy of Washington at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). She has also worked at US embassies in Georgia, Ukraine and Russia./.