George Kent, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, spoke on July 30 with RFE/RL Belarus Service Director Alexander Lukashuk about the situation in Belarus ahead of the August 9 presidential election in the country. In the interview, the senior diplomat discussed the U.S.-Belarus relations, the lack of international observers for the upcoming vote, and the need for free and independent media in the country.

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