The Belarusian authorities decided to impose sanctions against the European Union in response to the imposition of restrictive measures by Brussels.
The statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus says that the official Minsk opposes the confrontation, but will decisively respond to “unfriendly actions.”
“ In connection with the visa sanctions adopted by the EU against a number of Belarusian officials, the Belarusian side is introducing a retaliatory list of sanctions from today. The unified list of persons banned from entering also operates within the framework of integration associations, which include Belarus, ”the ministry said.
At the same time, Belarus will not publish its sanctions list ” in accordance with the established civilized diplomatic practice.”
Earlier it was reported that the European Union had agreed on sanctions against Belarus due to the falsification of the presidential elections and the massive dispersal of protests.
40 people were included in the sanctions list, Alexander Lukashenko was not on it.
On September 3, Alexander Lukashenko was sworn in as President of Belarus for a new term . At the same time, the inauguration ceremony was not announced.
A number of countries, including Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic, Denmark, Latvia, Poland, the USA and Canada, recognized Lukashenko as illegitimate. Ukraine has also stated that the “inauguration” of Alexander Lukashenko does not make him a legitimate president .
Anti-government protests in Belarus erupted after the August 9 presidential elections. The Belarusians consider the election results to be falsified and demand new, fair and transparent elections.
The Belarusian dictator rejected any concessions and attempts to dialogue with the protesters, repeatedly stating that Belarus’s western neighbors are behind the wave of protests.