MINSK, 8 June (BelTA) – Sanctions have turned from an instrument to enforce peace into a new complex threat on a global scale, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO member states in Minsk on 8 June, BelTA has learned.
The president noted that the practice of using all kinds of unilateral restrictive measures and sanctions is becoming increasingly commonplace. "They didn't work. Obviously they didn't. Indeed, it's not easy, it's hard. But they didn't work. They must also understand this," he said.
"Sanctions have already turned from a tool to enforce peace and security into a new complex threat on a global scale. They doom entire regions to hunger, cold and poverty,” the head of state said. “You should be also concerned. Russia and Belarus see that the United States as sent numerous envoys, from Armenia to Tajikistan, and is beginning to put pressure on you not to cooperate with us. We see it."
This is why countering sanctions should be carried out comprehensively and by joint efforts, the president stressed.
"Neither Belarusians nor Russians want you to be sanctioned for cooperation with us. We don't want that, because we won't get anything out of it, while you will only lose. But we should start exploring this direction together as soon as possible (there are a lot of opportunities in life). The economy is one of the reasons. We must not lose this market," the Belarusian leader said.
Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that it is difficult for post-Soviet countries to gain a foothold in other markets, even in Africa where we see the clash of interests of China, the United States and the European Union. "I'm not saying that you shouldn't work for the markets of the European Union, the United States of America, the Middle East, the Far East, the Indian, African and other markets. It is important to work there. But we must not lose ours. After all, we may leave and lose each other," the head of state said and urged to take care of the economy and not to rush.