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.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.