Jan. 31 foreign ministers of the European Union will consider the proposed resolution, adopted on 20 January at the European Parliament session in Strasbourg. A united Europe has finally determine its response to the post-election situation in Belarus.
What about the effect of sanctions thinking members of the presidential races in different years? A single candidate from the democratic opposition in the presidential election in 2001 Goncharik convinced that, together with the political restrictions on the top leadership of Belarus West needs to strengthen the support of civil society:
"I am generally against sanctions, even when I was working, it was against. But that does not mean that the current situation is not necessary to use them, especially political sanctions. I think the government deserve it. So, we must remember that the opposition to this is, including the part of Russia. Therefore it would be good to have these sanctions were backed by a one with Moscow, especially political, since it is not only the visa sanctions. Belarus — the participant of many international organizations, and to be isolated it would be very noticeable.
But in this context, I am more concerned with not even sanctions. More worried about the support that should be targeted to the social organizations. This is the most important thing. Because economic sanctions do not solve the problem, it will affect the people, but the support is not in words — what we need. The funds that go to all the structures of civil society in Belarus, and it reached more fruitful work for the provision of information on the support of independent trade unions. Well, what it is, when the organization does not have any papers or information center? You can imagine the opportunities to work with people … "
But the Alexander Kozulin previous presidential campaign in 2006 the year will be for a long time mentioned. For him, participation in the elections ended the charge of organizing the riots and imprisonment of 5.5 years. Only external sanctions, in his opinion, have significantly reduced the prison sentence:
"Based on my own experience, I can say that I was relieved only when the United States imposed economic sanctions against specific enterprises" Belneftehim. "This is perhaps now a real sample of how the situation may develop further and that actually do in order to political prisoners were released. Indeed, we now see that all the accusations are simply ridiculous and the Belarusian authorities are doing everything possible to somehow save face. Therefore, in this situation it is necessary to show: there is something that is far above and pragmatism tangible assets. "
Reporter"Do you believe that January 31 will be adopted by the text of the resolution, which was previously initiated the European Parliament?"
Kozulin"Not that I believe, I know. We drove around seven or eight European countries met with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, held consultations with them — very clearly and specifically. Now our government again, once again, the opportunity to choose. It is a choice meanwhile, whether to be still somehow in a civilized community, or remain a pariah of the civilized world. That's all. The issue at all for what? A civilization without Lukashenko will cost, but how he will live without it — it's an interesting point. It is also clear that Europe without Belarus also can live, and Belarus without Europe — is a serious question. After all, you know what economic relationship which the export, import, etc. Alone in the world is unlikely to cope with those issues, the problems that now exist. "