MINSK, 21 November (BelTA) - Sanctions are economic terrorism, an attempt to strangle countries and nations under various pretexts, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the UN Valentin Rybakov said on the air of the Belarus 1 TV channel on 20 November, BelTA has learned.
"We work to draw attention to the depravity of the sanctions policy, the consequences that this policy of illegal sanctions and illegal economic blockades can lead to. This is one of the main areas of our work in the United Nations at all levels, various events, in various committees and structures of the organization. We do not get tired of calling sanctions economic terrorism, and I always mention it in my speeches. This is an attempt to economically strangle entire countries, entire nations under various pretexts, such as human rights violations in case of our country," Valentin Rybakov said.
According to him, the sanctions affect the countries of the West too. "At the recent meeting of the UN Security Council I said that the economic sanctions imposed, for example, against Belarusian potash fertilizers, will lead to crop failures and famine in countries and even regions. In the future a lack of fertilizer will lead to the death of tens of millions of people from malnutrition or hunger. There are specific estimates: up to 40-50 million additional deaths. This gives reason to accuse the states that invent sanctions and implement them not just of economic strangulation but of direct death of people. I called these people criminals and serial killers,” Valentin Rybakov said.