New sanctions affected OAO "Lakokraska", JSC "Polotsk-glass" and Belarusian Oil Trade House. The assets of these companies, if they are found in the U.S., will be frozen, South American nationals are prohibited from having business dealings with these companies.
Reaction of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry
According to the head disk imaging, Foreign Ministry spokesman Belarus Andrei Popov, actions of the U.S. administration are nothing new:
"It is a question, if I may say so, the specification of" recipients "of the restrictive measures of the United States have already announced previously."
According to Popov, "their actions the U.S. is undoubtedly showed that the measures they take against ordinary Belarusian people and affect the interests of the employees of companies that are included in the restricted list."
According to Popov, especially in view is that "this move was made immediately after the South American side unequivocally stated the president of Belarus open and fair position in favor of an equitable and mutually respectful dialogue to normalize relations Belarusian-amerykasnkih. Situation clearly indicates who is working on the positive, and who — on film. "
First Vice-Premier of Belarus Vladimir Semashko said in an interview with Interfax that the new U.S. sanctions did not significantly affect the work of Belarusian companies. Deputy Prime Minister, but said that as a result of U.S. sanctions on 3 Belarusian companies "appear certain difficulties, including the need to diversify their supplies its own products."
Sovereign Semashko said that Belarus has taken preventive measures to businesses and labor groups are not affected.
According to the first deputy prime minister, these sanctions are more affected "Fiberglass", because in the U.S. there were significant sales of products of the enterprise as a percentage. But these products need other global markets.
Earlier, in an interview with "Reuters" Chairman of the State Bank of Belarus Prokopovich acknowledged that "sanctions imposed by the U.S. against the Belarusian" Belneftekhim "concern, applied image-harm Belarus and scare potential investors." According Prokopovich, "the introduction of U.S. sanctions against the" Belneftekhim "- the question itself is petty, but investors who have heard about it, it is clear thinking. Everybody expects what it will end."
First reaction executed sanctions companies
(Large enterprises on the response)
At Belarusian enterprises in respect of which the U.S. economic sanctions imposed, shall be removed from comments. General Director of the "Belarusian Oil Trading House" Valery Ivankovic said that will not comment on the situation. For what reasons, he said.
Acting Deputy Director for Economics "Lakokraska" Edward Sechko said that "enormous damage these sanctions will not bring to the enterprise." He said that the vast cooperation with the U.S. company has no.
In the management of the company’s marketing "Polotsk-glass" pronounced that "while it considered all the options and at the moment it is difficult to say something."
Deputy for Economy said that "the funds come as before, funds came yesterday." She said that the cardinal, significant changes are not expected.
What sanctions will bring? How to answer Minsk?
Oh commented new sanctions Belarusian political analyst Denis Melyantsou:
"It turns out that the United States decided to aggressively respond to the fact that the official Minsk Belarus sent from American diplomats.
An escalation of the situation. Most likely, the Belarusian side will be obliged to respond to these acts on the principle of reciprocity. And I think, as the situation has gone so far, in other words the possibility that official Minsk in response to the expansion of sanctions remember budapeshtskiya warranty.
Budapeshtski memorandum signed majestically Britain, the U.S. and Russia, and Belarus, respectively, also in December 1994. He anticipates that the majestic powers shall be removed from any sanctions against Belarus (including economic). Guarantee the safety of the country of Belarus in exchange for what she brings to its territory nuclear forces. And now, most likely, the official Minsk will threaten the fact that Belarus will again put nuclear forces. In my opinion, the logic of events going in this direction. "
How significant harm caused to the present and can cause new U.S. sanctions? Outlook economist Alexander Chubrik:
"It is hard to disagree with that Prakapovich branding to harm. Regarding real harm, if we just have a look at the official statistics on the growth rate of exports of petroleum products (this is important, that could impact on sanctions), we see that this growth has accelerated very . It seems to me that "Belneftekhim" could be turned out, even if the sanctions on him somehow influenced. I think the economic impact of U.S. sanctions small. "
According to political analyst views Andrei Fedorov, and now not to join the European Union South American sanctions:
"In Belarus, there is no great economic dependence on the United States. Belarusian And management is not very afraid of these particular sanctions. Faster It fears the consequences. ‘Cause I think the answer will be tough enough. And, unfortunately, to the results expected by the United States , in other words before the release of political prisoners, the sanctions are unlikely to lead. I believe that no response from the European Union will not. As for Moscow, the situation is, in my opinion, more difficult. Earlier, as we know, she did not respond to the Belarusian -American confrontation, but I do not exclude that the reaction now still will. However, if she is, so it seems to me, still verbal. do not think that our homeland will go to some certain steps against the United States. "
Social Democratic politician Statkevich refers to the South American response expected. In his view, the Belarusian authorities to use sanctions to improve their own species in the eyes of the Belarusian and Russian populations in particular:
"Belarusian authorities in all these sanctions and diplomatic war games with the United States has a big plus — it is an opportunity to appeal to the Russian society:" You see, we are at war with your opponent, and you give us — a knife in the back, the price of oil and gas lift " . So these sanctions Belarusian authorities do not frighten, but the interpretation is that this enemy steps intrigues, etc. I believe that the Russian public will accept these appeals positively to say: "well done, do not fear these aches Yankees ambassadors expelled, and so they need to be our case." And the idea of driving the elites of Russia will be consistency with the approval of exasperation are things with America multifaceted, they contain and quarrels, and trade, and agreements, and "this is still intermeddle with his neuvvyazkami."
Chairman of the BPF Lavon Barshcheuski draws attention to the fact, against whom targeted sanctions:
"These sanctions — continued earlier. And as I know, those previous sanctions are targeted against the coming president’s circle. Specifically people there receive income from these companies. According to the explanations of the American representatives, these sanctions do not affect the interests of ordinary Belarusians, and affect a certain part of windfall officials close to the head of Belarus
. If so, the sanctions will be applicable. "
Ministry of money the U.S. in mid-November last year rebuked South American citizens and firms to work with representatives of the company "Belneftekhim" in Europe, Russia and China, also with the company "Belneftekhim USA", which is located in the United States.
By March, 6 on the website of the Ministry of money U.S. sanctions affected only explanation consulate "Belneftekhim" and its subsidiaries. Since March scope of U.S. sanctions was vserasprostranena almost all Belarusian enterprises of petrochemical complex in a little bit of country, more than 50%.
"U.S. citizens who support or have to deal with business entities in which" Belneftekhim "has directly or indirectly, with a little bit of 50% and more, should be aware that such property entities and interests in them will be blocked," — said in a clarification of the Ministry money from March 6, 2008.
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