Belarus denounced the new sanctions on Tuesday, June 22 “Destructive” taken by the West after the interception of an airliner by Minsk, May 23, to arrest an opponent, by becoming violently angry against Germany, sent back to its Nazi past.
“We have said time and time again that sanctions harm the interests of citizens, that they are counterproductive and vicious. Yet these deliberate destructive actions continue ”the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Denouncing “Hostile actions” and “Pressure on a sovereign state”, the ministry joked about Western statements that “Look like a parody of logic and common sense”. For Minsk, these new sanctions “Bordering on the declaration of economic war”, see more.
“What we did not expect is that Germany also participates in this collective conspiracy”, launched the Belarusian President, Alexander Lukashenko, on the occasion of the commemorations of the 80e anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of the USSR by the IIIe Reich. “We did not expect it from those whose ancestors had killed one in three Belarusians and prevented the birth of millions of children”, he said.
Another hot war?
“Eighty years have passed, so what?” What is a hot new war? “ asked Lukashenko. ” Look ! Isn’t that symbolic? They put in place overnight sanctions, economic sanctions against our people and our businesses. The night of June 22 ”, he continued.
The European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada decided on Monday to punish dozens of personalities and companies linked to the power in place in Belarus. A total of 78 names of officials and eight entities were added to the list of Belarusians sanctioned for repression of the opposition and the diversion of a Ryanair aircraft that flew over Belarus on May 23 in order to arrest two of its passengers. , the Belarusian dissident journalist Roman Protassevich and his Russian friend, Sofia Sapega.
Those sanctioned include businessmen, Belarusian defense and transport ministers, the commander of the air force and one of President Alexander Lukashenko’s sons.
Along with these individual sanctions, the Europeans decided to hit important sources of Belarusian income by ceasing imports of petroleum products and certain types of potash, as well as exports of products for Belarusian tobacco factories. The EU will also tighten its arms embargo, ban the sale of dual-use goods and surveillance equipment, as well as any new bank loans to the Belarusian regime.
“These are measures that will massively affect Belarus and state revenues”German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday at a meeting of European foreign ministers. “I have a great desire to ask Mr. Maas (…). Who are you ? A German who repented yesterday or an heir to the Nazis? “ Alexander Lukashenko reacted on Tuesday.
While petroleum products and potash are among Belarus’ flagship exports, the 27 EU member states are not among its main customers for these goods. More than thirty years after the dissolution of the USSR, the Belarusian economy remains largely under state control and dependent on Russia, Minsk’s main ally and creditor. The EU had already sanctioned 88 members of power, including President Lukashenko and his son Viktor.