Belarus threatens EU 'reciprocal steps

Today in Strasbourg, MEPs discussed the situation with human rights in Belarus. Following the discussion, adopted a resolution in which the European Parliament calls on the EU to extend sanctions against the Lukashenko regime, including the introduction of targeted economic sanctions.


Leader of the movement "For Freedom" Milinkevich commented for "Freedom" today's resolution:

"The first reaction — dagulyalisya. The European Union is extremely reluctant to take such measures. But those inadequate sentences to people, in fact nothing, for what they were at the Plaza when the punishment is measured in years, shows the inadequacy of the Belarusian authorities. And so today, the European Union has no Gingerbread for Belarus, and will use the whip. Of course, this is not good for the Belarusian people, because economic sanctions and beat on them. But the response should be appropriate ethical standards and the European Union to the values on which the country joined the European Union. "

Igor Karpenko

Interest in Belarus from European MPs Chair of the International Committee of the House of Representatives Igor Karpenko considers intrusive, saying that if it were not for a country like Belarus, they would not have been what to do:

"Unfortunately, this is their so-called inaction and inability to solve the problems of the population in the European Union creates an obsession — any way to export democracy to other countries, including the Republic of Belarus. And they have their own problems. This is unemployment, and social security, and what happens, for example, in Greece and Portugal. And it is precisely in this vein. "

Sergei Kalyakin

The leader of the party "Fair World" Sergei Kalyakin MEPs today's resolution is not surprised:

"This is a very popular event. All that is happening now in Belarus, and this is what led. European Parliament decision would not be very pleasant for the Belarusian people. All the more so for the Belarusian government. But he created a situation which resulted in possible sanctions. Suffer power, but, unfortunately, suffer and Belarusian citizens. "

European Parliament resolution also describes the case of the riots as politically motivated and questionable, noting that in their investigation lacked objectivity. The charges against former presidential candidates resolution describes as illegal and unacceptable.

Andrei Savinykh

The resolution calls on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release the arrested parties post-election protests and relieve them of all charges.

This document has responded and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus. FM spokesman Andrei Savinykh approaches of the European Parliament has called unacceptable and contrary to the principles of good neighborliness:

"The European Parliament plays and imposes on all unrealistic, distorted interpretations of events in Belarus — Foreign Ministry spokesman. — The efforts that we are making towards a return to a constructive dialogue have been met with ultimatums and threats, which are issued for the principled position. "

"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."


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