Updated at 15:34,14-12-2017

US to decide on Belarus sanctions based on OSCE elections report

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The U.S. will look to the OSCE/ODIHR election observation report and other credible sources as they consider the conduct of the elections and sanctions relief later this fall, Chargé daffaires of the U.S. Embassy in Minsk Bob Riley said on September 6 as he met with the Chairperson of the Central Election Commission of Belarus Lidiya Yermoshina.

Bob Riley met with Lidiya Yermoshina to discuss the preparations for the 2016 parliamentary elections and to encourage the CEC to take up meaningful reform of Belaruss electoral legislation and regulations, the U.S. Embassy in Minsk reported.

The Chargé daffaires stressed that the U.S. will look to the OSCE/ODIHR election observation report and other credible sources as we consider the conduct of the elections and sanctions relief later this fall.

Mr. Riley is also meeting with representatives of independent domestic election observation groups and the OSCE/ODIHR election observation mission to understand their assessments of the electoral process to date, the message reads. The Chargé daffaires is also speaking with members of the political opposition and civil society to hear about their engagement in the electoral process.

As U.S. officials have previously stated, the U.S. encourage the Government of Belarus to take additional positive steps on democracy and human rights.

US to decide on Belarus sanctions based on OSCE elections report

Students are seen casting ballots during early voting at the 2016 parliamentary elections on September 6, 2016. Minsk, Belarus, TUT.BY/Vadim Zamirovski

We remain convinced that such constructive steps will strengthen Belarusian sovereignty and independence, which the United States firmly supports, and provide the foundation for continued improved relations between our two countries, the Embassy wrote.