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Diplomacy: Belarus comes to the United States to provide baby milk

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President Lukashenko offered to provide baby milk to Washington on Friday. Not without humor: he is being targeted by US sanctions.

“We are ready to help the Americans (…) if they want, we can do it tomorrow,” Alexander Lukashenko promised Friday.

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday offered to supply milk to the United States, which has been hit by US sanctions and has been in short supply for months. “We are ready to help the Americans by providing baby food. If they want, we can do it tomorrow,” the head of state was quoted as saying by state news agency Belda.

The United States has been facing baby milk supply problems related to Govt-19 for months. The crisis was exacerbated when the manufacturer Abbott’s factory closed in February, following the withdrawal of products suspected of causing the deaths of two children. Empty shelves and the concern of parents, especially those who need specific milk for children, is a major political problem for Joe Biden’s government. The crisis touches a crucial point for a president who claims to care about the daily lives of his fellow citizens above all else, and is already struggling to cope with inflation.

The United States has been having problems providing milk to babies for months.  Empty shelves and parental anger are a major political issue for Joe Biden's government.

The United States has been having problems providing milk to babies for months. Empty shelves and parental anger are a major political issue for Joe Biden’s government.

Reuters

The rear of the Russians in the war in Ukraine

The dictatorial rule of Alexander Lukashenko, who ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, is controversial for re-election in 2020, targeted for years by US sanctions. In March, Washington announced new sanctions against him for corruption and human rights abuses. Belarus is also a key ally of Russia, which has been involved in the offensive in Ukraine since February 24. The country has become a rear base for Russian soldiers.

(AFP)

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