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23 February 2023, 17:47

Lukashenko describes Poland's, Lithuania's economic sanctions as self-inflicted wound

The Belarusian border crossing Berestovitsa (Bobrowniki on the Polish side)
The Belarusian border crossing Berestovitsa (Bobrowniki on the Polish side)

MINSK, 23 February (BelTA) – The pressure of sanctions will not produce anything while mean tricks in the sphere of economy on the part of some neighboring countries represent a self-inflicted wound. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko made the statement an interview with Chinese mass media, BelTA has learned.

Aleksandr Lukashenko said: “They are starting to play mean tricks in the sphere of economy. They closed borders to truck traffic. They shot themselves in the foot. We didn't really travel much to Western Europe as it is. But a lot of trucks and trains travelled from the territory of the European Union via Poland to China, Kazakhstan, and other destinations. It was cost-efficient for them. Their drivers went to China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. They won't now. If we close the border from our side, then thousands of people will be out of work. These are mean economic tricks.”

Lithuania's decision to close opportunities for transshipping Belarusian cargoes in Lithuanian ports is another example. “Moreover, our property is over there. Lithuania closed ports to our cargoes. What now? They lost millions of dollars. We found other ports and keep shipping our products. Last year was better for us than the previous years in financial terms. This is why these sanctions and economic pressure will not produce anything,” Aleksandr Lukashenko stated.

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