Updated at 19:23,23-11-2017

Belarus, U.S. sign bilateral military cooperation plan for 2017

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Representatives of the Defense Ministry of Belarus and the United States Department of Defense met in Washington on October, 20.

The parties signed a joint statement on cooperation and the bilateral military cooperation plan for 2017, the press service of the Belarusian Defense Ministry reports.

Attending the 71st session of the United Nations GA in New York, Belarus’ Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey met with Michael Carpenter, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. The top officials discussed the ways of establishing interaction between Belarus and the USA in the military sphere, as well as facilitating direct dialogue between the military agencies in the situation of increasing tension in the Eastern European region.

In April, the minister announced the two countries’ readiness to fully normalize their bilateral cooperation.

As reported earlier, temporary sanctions relief for nine Belarusian entities will soon be extended beyond October 31 for up to six additional months. “As Belarus takes further steps in the areas of human rights and democracy, the United States stands ready to expand these bilateral ties,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Bridget Brink told journalists during her recent visit to Minsk.