Pompeo Visits Belarus

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei shake hands during a joint news conference in Minsk, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP) Pompeo visits Belarus.

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Saturday, February 1, 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if offering to supply Belarus with 100 percent of the nation’s oil and gas. Pompeo made the offer after arriving in the capital of Minsk on Saturday.

He said the United States stands ready to help the country become less reliant on Russia and pursue “sovereignty and independence.”

This came after Russia recently cut off oil and gas to the nation. President Alexander Lukashenko has stated he believes the move was meant to undermine the nation’s autonomy.

Secretary Pompeo said the United States will help support Belarus in every way they can.

“We’ll have an ambassador here before too long. All of these things I hope you will see as a good faith effort to truly engage politically, diplomatically. Our team will work tirelessly to help engage economically as well.” – Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State

He went on to say he is confident the U.S. and Belarus can make real progress.

Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, right, gestures while speaking to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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