Relations with Russia have not gained a “new normality” and have been deteriorating for six months now, Of the whole range of problematic issues, a compromise, however, temporary and unreliable, was found only on oil supplies in March-April this year. There has been no progress on the visa issue, integration road maps or mobile phones’s roaming in the Union State.
The founder and curator of the Museum of Jewish Resistance in Novogrudok, Tamara Vershitskaya, met with Charles Kushner, a US billionaire and in-law of US President Donald Trump, in January in New York. Now she is talking about this meeting and how the family of the American billionaire keeps the memory of Belarus.
In Minsk, at Svabody Square, 11 Swiss Embassy was opened. Before that, only a representative office of this country worked in Belarus. The head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign AffairsIgnazio Cassis flew to the Belarusian capital for the opening ceremony. Together with him the embassy was opened by the head of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Vladimir Makei.
Since Karen Stewart left that post in March 2008, the U.S. diplomatic mission to Belarus has been head by a Chargé d’Affaires. For a little over a year, Jenifer Moore has been working in this position, representing the U.S. government and its interests here. Now she speaks about the expected arrival of a new ambassador, the high cost of American visas, what she expects from Belarusian parliamentary elections, and what she does in addition to her work.