Dmitry Basik, the new chargé d'affaires of Belarus, is in a hurry to get diplomatic dialogue going after Canada last month announced it would lift sanctions on the country. The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash
After the Canadian government announced it would lift sanctions from his country on May 7, Dmitry Basik has a very clear goal at the top of his priority list: start a trade and investment relationship with Canada “from scratch.”
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