Belarus will take asymmetric, but adequate measures in response to sanctions against 11 companies and 17 individuals, since the restrictions are aimed at “strangling” the country's economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic said.
Minsk considers the fifth package of sanctions introduced by the European Union against companies and citizens of Belarus as a` `hypocritical blow '', tough but adequate retaliatory measures will be taken. This is stated in a statement on the website of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
“ Exclusively as a response, we, as previously stated, will take tough, asymmetric, but adequate measures '', & mdash; assured by the ministry.
According to the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, European officials “ came up with some kind of aggression '', ignoring common sense and the facts provided and Minsk's attempts to curb illegal migration. The ministry added that the European Union continued the course of “ demonization '' countries, and the purpose of imposing sanctions & mdash; “ economically strangle Belarus, complicate and worsen the life of Belarusians as much as possible. ''
The European Union, the Foreign Ministry continued, does not pay attention to the “ appeals of millions of Belarusian workers '', which, according to the ministry, demand the abolition of the “ barbaric '' sanctions measures. “ Tens of thousands of Belarusian citizens and their family members, European consumers, suppliers, businessmen and companies will suffer. Such 'little things' mean nothing to them when they want to play geopolitics '', & mdash; indicated in the department, adding that the sanctions are in European business interests, and their adoption will allow them to get rid of competitors.
“ Obviously, this pressure will continue in blind rage at the lack of result. In this case, the result for Europoliticians & mdash; destruction of Belarus as a sovereign, economically successful state & raquo;, & mdash; concluded at the Foreign Ministry, adding that they urge the European Union to “ think again. ''
Earlier in the evening on December 2, the European Union approved the introduction of the next package of sanctions against Belarus & mdash; the list included 17 people and 11 companies, in total restrictions were imposed against 183 individuals and 26 organizations. As part of this package, sanctions were introduced, in particular, against the Belarusian airline Belavia, the Syrian air carrier Cham Wings, judges of the Supreme Court, and the Planet hotels. and 'Minsk' and the heads of border detachments.
The European Union explained that the sanctions were imposed because of the migration crisis on the border between Poland and Belarus, as well as the support of these persons for political repression in the country. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell described the adoption of the sanctions as an example of Europe's determination to respond to human rights violations. “ This cynical strategy of exploiting vulnerable people is a heinous attempt to divert attention from the ongoing disregard for international law, fundamental freedoms and human rights, '' & mdash; he appreciated.
The Belarusian authorities deny any involvement in organizing the crisis. Minsk has repeatedly blamed the EU for the current situation.
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