"To say today about the introduction of retaliatory measures against Belarus EU is not only premature, but also not constructive", — commented Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Savinykh information circulated on May 12 by the "Interfax-West", citing a source in the Presidential Administration of Belarus.
It has been reported, particularly in the case of the introduction of the European Union on Belarus economic sanctions on the Belarusian authorities in response to offer a number of ambassadors of EU states to leave the country, and to prohibit travel abroad, 200 members of the opposition.
"The basic position of the Belarusian side is that Belarus and the EU are able to return to normal dialogue based on the principles of good neighborliness and mutual respect," — said Savin. Belarusian Foreign Ministry, he said, comes primarily from this possibility and the prospect.
YesterdayAndrei Savinykh approaches of the European Parliament has called unacceptable and contrary to the principles of good neighborliness:
"In the case of these measures the Belarusian side is forced to make retaliatory steps" — said Savin. On He said, they would "constitute an adequate response aimed primarily at the personalities and structures that are active generators of anti-Belarusian actions."
12 May the European Parliament called on the European Commission, the EU Council and EU partner countries "to extend the restrictive measures against the Belarusian regime, including introduce point economic sanctions against state-owned enterprises ", in connection with the prosecution of defendants in the case of the riots on December 19, and the pressure on the independent media.
A day earlier, on May 11, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton stated that the only possible response to the actions of the European Union Alexander Lukashenko is the introduction of tougher sanctions against him and members of his regime.
The Embassy of Hungary, which holds the EU presidency, the information spread by the "Interfax-West", refused to comment on — the website Naviny.by.