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12 April 2023, 19:46

Belarusian FM points out lack of popular support for Western sanctions

Sergei Aleinik
Sergei Aleinik

MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – Western sanctions against Belarus are detrimental to interests of citizens. Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik mentioned it in front of reporters after a session of the Belarus-Hungary intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation in Budapest on 12 April, BelTA has learned. Sergei Aleinik is the commission's co-chairman.

Sergei Aleinik said: “We have to take into consideration the restrictive measures enforced by the European Union and the United States of America against Belarus. These illegitimate restrictions enjoy absolutely zero support of the private sector and the general public. The session of the intergovernmental commission demonstrated it today. I am sure a Belarusian-Hungarian business forum will demonstrate it, too.”

Sergei Aleinik is convinced: “These sanctions are thoughtlessly enforced by Washington, by European bureaucrats and are absolutely detrimental to interests of citizens.”

The official explained that not only the Belarusian side believes that. He added: “I think you know that literally a week ago within the framework of a session of the Human Rights Council an overwhelming majority vote passed a resolution that condemns unilateral coercive measures against sovereign states and recognizes the enforcement of unilateral coercive measures as a violation of basic human rights.”

The Belarusian minister of foreign affairs mentioned that without any justification but with multiple violations Polish politicians had made crossing the Belarusian-Polish border as complicated as possible. “Nearly all the border crossings have been closed. Businesses suffer because of it as well as people. Their basic rights are disregarded,” Sergei Aleinik noted.

Sergei Aleinik said: “Belarus has always treated and still treats all the obligations of its own with due diligence and has never enforced any restrictions on its part. Moreover, we've introduced a visa-free travel program for our neighboring countries – Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia.”

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