Minsk responded with "understanding" to extension of sanctions against Belarusian leadership by Obama
US President Barack Obama extended sanctions against Belarusian officials imposed in 2006 by his predecessor George W. Bush for another year. Most likely, official Minsk was expecting the Washington’s decision to extend the sanctions. The Foreign Ministry discretely responded to this decision and noted the positive trends in bilateral relations between Belarus and the USA in recent years. Official Minsk is quite satisfied with the pace diplomatic contacts are developing with Washington and with the ability to impose cooperation in specific areas. The Belarusian authorities aspire that Belarus-US bilateral relations would gradually normalise and enhance after the presidential campaign in Belarus.
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.