Posted: 08.06.2023 13:00:00

Lukashenko: sanctions turned into new global scale complex threat

Sanctions have turned from an instrument of coercion to peace and security into a new complex threat on a global scale – as stated by the President of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, during his today’s meeting with the secretaries of the Security Councils of the CSTO member states


The Head of State stressed, “Whole regions are doomed to hunger, cold and poverty. These sanctions also concern you. Together with Russians we see now how Americans are coming with visits – starting from Armenia and ending with Tajikistan. They begin to put pressure on you – so that you do not co-operate with us. We see this. That is why countering sanctions should be carried out comprehensively and jointly.”

Aleksandr Lukashenko emphasised that neither Belarusians nor Russians want the CSTO countries to be sanctioned because of co-operation with our countries, “We do not want that, because neither you nor we will get anything from it, and you will lose only. But – as soon as possible (there are many possibilities in life) – we should look in this direction together. The economy is pushing us to this. We should not lose this market," the Belarusian leader stressed.

The President of Belarus stated that it is difficult for post-Soviet countries to break into other markets, “It is difficult even to join the African market. We work there. Russians are trying to work there. Everything is not easy there. The interests of China, the United States and the European Union have already clashed there. Russia really, economically wants to work there, but there is nothing for states like us to do there. This is just as a respect to us for the Soviet period, they are somehow co-operating with us. It is not easy! You will not break into the American market, and if you do (China is an example), you will be all time under control. I am not saying that it is not necessary to work for the markets of the European Union, the United States, the Middle and Far East, Indian, African and other markets. No, we need to work, but we should not lose what we have. In the end, we will leave and lose each other. Take care of the economy, do not rush.”