US President Donald trump has proposed appointing Julie Fischer as Ambassador to Minsk, Julie Deputy assistant Secretary of state for Western European and EU Affairs, as US Ambassador to Belarus. This was reported by the press service of the White house on Monday, April 20.
It is noted that she previously served as a special charge d’affaires of the US Embassy in Russia. Fischer was also the Deputy head of the US mission to NATO.
On February 1, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said at a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk that the US will soon appoint an Ambassador to Belarus after more than a decade of absence.
Belarus has not had a US Ambassador since 2008. That year, the state recalled Mikhail Khvostov, who held this post, from Washington against the background of the introduction of sanctions against Belarusian companies by the American side. Following this, the head of the American diplomatic mission, Karen Stewart, left Minsk. Since then, the diplomatic missions have been headed by the charge d’affaires of the United States. Since August 2018, this post has been held by Jennifer Moore. In October 2019, the diplomat said that the American Ambassador would at best not arrive in Minsk until the spring of 2020.
Belarus ‘ relations with Western countries have improved against the background of Minsk’s role in resolving the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, TASS notes. This led to the expansion of the staff of the US Embassy in Minsk to 10 employees. In early 2019, the parties officially announced the lifting of restrictions on mutual diplomatic presence in Minsk and Washington.
Belarusian human rights defenders periodically report human rights violations in the country. In 2014, the UN Commission on human rights adopted a resolution condemning the country for systematic violations of such rights.