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10 June 2021, 09:00

Belarus' civil aviation chief calls sanctions against Belavia ‘toothless bite'

Artyom Sikorsky. An archive photo
Artyom Sikorsky. An archive photo

MINSK, 10 June (BelTA) – Aviation security matters should not be politicized, Director of the Aviation Department of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry Artyom Sikorsky told the ONT TV channel, BelTA has learned.

“The sanctions the Europeans have imposed on us are like a ‘toothless bite'. It feels unpleasant and disgusting, but not painful,” Artyom Sikorsky emphasized.

According to him, the EU first of all caused problems for ordinary people from various countries, not only Belarus. “Of course, sanctions do harm. Moreover, they cause harm to all parties. But can we say that the situation is catastrophic? In fact, the situation in aviation is now the same as it was in 2020, when the coronavirus began,” Artyom Sikorsky said.

“I believe that when our European counterparts introduced the sanctions, they did not even fully realized what they had done. After all, it is absolutely wrong to politicize aviation security matters. You understand what the situation may be: tomorrow one can make a wrong decision simply being afraid of repercussions, like sanctions or some kind of political pressure,” Artyom Sikorsky said.

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