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12 April 2021, 14:40

FM slams 'pseudo-patriots' calling for sanctions against Belarus

Vladimir Makei. Archive photo
Vladimir Makei. Archive photo

MINSK, 12 April (BelTA) – Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei commented on destructive actions of some pseudo-patriots, including those based abroad, who are trying to mar cooperation between Belarus and other countries and who are calling for sanctions, in an interview with the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“I am trying to understand their logic. It is just sad that they rejoice to see their nation worse off. Any further tightening of sanctions will lead to the fact that the civil society they ‘care' about so much will cease to exist. To my mind, this will be a very logical outcome in this situation,” Vladimir Makei noted. “Those who call to impose sanctions commit a crime against their nation. This is how we should view it,” he believes.

Vladimir Makei cited examples of certain organizations that fell victim to this counterproductive approach. “This is the sanatorium in Lithuania's Druskininkai. Another example is Amkodor that makes road construction and forestry equipment – the sanctions have affected around 10,000 employees. Let's take, for example, the company that is building the Minsk World complex. Even amid the pandemic it has found a way to offer discounts on apartments for those who need it. It also got slapped with sanctions. Pray tell me, is this okay, is this humane from the point of view of a sensible person? Hardly,” he said.

“Those persons, who fled to the West, advocate such actions, hoping that living standards will deteriorate and employers will be unable to pay salaries, which will drive people to the streets to take down this ‘hateful regime'. But what's next? What will remain after this hypothetical revolution? Only ruins, and Belarus will probably never be able to recover,” Vladimir Makei believes.

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