Foreign Ministry responded to the statement by Catherine Ashton

The degree of responsibility of each of the defendants for the unrest in Minsk on December 19 will be determined only by the court, said a spokesman Andrei Savinykh, answering reporters' questions concerning the application of EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.

February 18 Catherine Ashton in his statement expressed "deep regret" in connection with the adopted Basil Parfiankou court decision, noting that the politically motivated must place in the judicial process. She stressed that Belarus should take into account the commitments made by the OSCE, and in accordance with international standards of democracy, rule of law and human rights.

Commenting on the statement about the verdict Parfiankou Ashton, a spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said: "This is a person that is destined for the illegal acts committed by him, but not for taking part in the election campaign in command of one of the ex-presidential candidates."

"We emphasize that the trial was public and took place in the presence of a large number of journalists and members of the public," — said Andrei Savinykh.

February 17 Basil Parfiankou Frunze district court of Minsk found guilty of an offense under Part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code (participation in mass disorders) and sentenced to four years' imprisonment in a penal colony. In addition, he has to pay more than 14 million rubles for the broken door at the Government House during an unauthorized opposition rally December 19, 2010.

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