Posted: 12.01.2023 14:47:00

Opinion: EU sanctions against Belarus and Russia yielding no result

The EU is trying to tell Belarus who to be friends with and who not to be, and this is the European democracy in their understanding – as noted by a deputy of the House of Representatives, Oleg Gaidukevich, in his talk with the ONT TV channel

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The MP commented on the recent threats of the European Commission Head, Ursula von der Leyen, in which she spoke of new sanctions against Belarus and Russia. According to Mr. Gaidukevich, the politician was actually disgraced by that statement. “The EU sanctions against Belarus and Russia have not been resulting in anything for a long time. New restrictions are no longer introduced not because European politicians do not want to: they simply do not know what else they can do in order not to completely destroy the European economy," he said.

According to Mr. Gaidukevich, sanctions have been illegally imposed on Belarus for twenty years, and they were not related to Presidential elections or any democratic norms. “Actually, the West has always been indifferent to election campaigns in Belarus. It's all hypocrisy. Since Aleksandr Lukashenko came to power as people's President, sanctions have been imposed only because of his course towards a strategic alliance with Russia. The European Union is trying to tell us who to be friends with and who not to be, and this is the European democracy in their understanding. Western countries impose sanctions on Belarus for supporting Russia. What about sanctions against Lithuania for its alliance with the United States then? What about the European states that supply weapons to Ukraine, wage a war and destroy the Ukrainian people? We are saving Ukrainians. Let me remind you that thousands of them have already found shelter and work on the territory of Belarus,” he noted.

On February 24th, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, and President Vladimir Putin said its goal is ‘to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years’.