Minsk anticipates more contact with Washington
Belarus’ Deputy Foreign Minister Guryanov met with the multi-sectoral delegation from the United States, including representatives of the State Department, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Defence Ministry.
Amid growing geopolitical confrontation between Russia and the West, Belarus hopes that Washington will soften its position towards the Belarusian leadership, and that contact with the United States and the EU will increase. Meanwhile, she does not want to aggravate the Kremlin with the prospects of normalising relations with the West. The Belarusian authorities also want to limit cooperation with the United States to humanitarian and economic issues, without having to change the political situation in the country.
During searches of social and "green" activists and anarchists, law enforcement has seized computers, mobile phones and publications. The authorities have also exerted additional pressure on supporters of unauthorized street protests and independent lawyers, who represented defendants in the White Legion case. The security services have stepped up the persecution of opponents before the street protests announced by the opposition. Apparently, the Belarusian authorities aspire that participants in street protests would reduce in number and that the low interest of the population to socio-political agenda before the local election campaign would retain.