New Belarus foreign minister named

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix MINSK, Belarus (AP) – Belarus’ authoritarian president has named a new foreign minister in what is being seen as an effort to improve relations with the European Union and United States.Vladimir Makei, the head of the presidential administration, replaces Sergei Martynov, who had been foreign minister for nine years.Political analysts saw Monday’s appointment as an overture to the West from President Alexander Lukashenko. The vital role family plays in society 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Daycenter_img The EU has imposed punitive sanctions on Belarus over human rights abuses. Relations soured further this month when Lukashenko’s government effectively expelled Sweden’s ambassador after he met with opposition activists.Makei, however, is also on the list of 243 Belarusians targeted by EU travel bans and asset freezes.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Top Stories last_img

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