Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia Against EU, US And “counter-productive” Sanctions For Belarus

Posted by Info on 02/02/2011

Russian observers published a report recognizing the election as legitimate, although they did point out some “minor” violations, which, in their opinion, did not affect the outcome. The EU and the US have more than once stated that the election in the republic was falsified.

On January 31, the European Union banned Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, his two elder sons, and a group of 158 state officials from entering EU territory and also froze their European bank accounts.
Washington, which has closely coordinated its moves with Europe, announced that its list of unwelcome Belarusian officials will be extended. As for economic sanctions, the US has recalled licenses for deals with the largest Belarusian chemical company.

BUT Moscow has criticized sanctions against Belarus introduced by the EU and the US.
“Certainly, each country gives its own assessment of events in Minsk on December 19, 2010, and later….Russia’s consistent position is that Belarus, as a sovereign European state, should be involved in international cooperation. In this strategic context, applying sanctions against Belarus for political reasons aiming at undermining social and economic stability in the country will be counter-productive.”

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