MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) - Sanctions against Belarus are obviously inhumane, violate basic human rights, because they affect ordinary citizens first of all, Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Aleinik told the media following a meeting with Hungary's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto in Minsk on 13 February, BelTA has learned.
"Of course, when building up trade relations, we are forced to reckon with the EU and US sanctions against Belarus, which are absolutely not supported by either business or people, which, in fact, are illegal and are, unfortunately, often thoughtlessly imposed by Brussels and Washington," the Belarusian minister stressed. "We have conveyed our position that these sanctions are obviously inhumane, violate basic human rights, because they primarily affect ordinary citizens."
"People cannot travel to see their families and friends because of the air embargo or the monstrous queues artificially created by our neighbors at the borders with the EU countries. Family members and relatives who used to travel freely to each other, including in the frontier areas, are now forced to experience enormous difficulties due to the illegal political actions," Sergei Aleinik said.