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30 July 2021, 12:00

Lukashenko: Western sanctions aim to leave Belarusians without pensions, salaries

MINSK, 30 July (BelTA) – The main goal of western sanctions is to leave Belarusians without pensions, salaries, stipends, high-quality healthcare, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with government officials to discuss topical issues of the social and political situation on 30 July, BelTA has learned.

“We have not seen such a scale of restrictive measures before, and we are not overdramatic. Yes, the West understands the lameness of sanctions tactics for themselves. Therefore, they introduce sanctions step by step, package by package. Like, they are looking for our sore spots. First of all, they target export-oriented industries of the Belarusian economy. These are petrochemistry, machine-building, the potash industry, etc. But the main goal is to leave people without pensions, salaries, stipends, education, healthcare, and to cause an outcry in the Belarusian society,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

According to the president, they are trying to demoralize workforce, launch a new wave of walk-outs and protests. “That is how they aim at the foundation of the Belarusian development model – the social state. I want to emphasize that this pattern, that is traditional for us, ensures special protection of our citizens from sanctions. Especially when this refers to vulnerable population groups,” the head of state said.

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