Belarus, mired in EU sanctions, has decided to recall its permanent representative to the EU for consultations and suspend its contribution to the EU’s Eastern Alliance, a means of bringing Europeans and former republics closer together.
Europeans have stepped up retaliatory measures against Minsk due to the repression of a broad opposition movement that was considered fraudulent by the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August 2020.
“Our obligations under this Agreement cannot be met in the light of the sanctions and restrictions imposed by the EU.”, The Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday (June 28). Belarusian diplomacy recalls head of European delegation in Minsk to Brussels “Inform its leaders of the unacceptability of pressures and sanctions”.
According to Minskin, the suspension of the Eastern Partnership, launched in 2009 with six countries, “Negatively affect relations with the EU in the fight against illegal immigration and organized crime”. According to the same source, European officials involved in the development of sanctions against Belarus will also be barred from entering its territory.
“Belarus is constantly preparing for retaliatory measures, especially of an economic nature. We hope that EU officials and its member states are aware of the destructive and ineffective nature of a militant approach to relations.” Country, the ministry added. According to the same measures, the measures were taken against Dirk Schubel, the head of the EU delegation to Belarus, who was summoned to the Foreign Ministry.
New economic sanctions
These revenge takes place After the latest wave of sanctions And individuals were accepted by Europeans and came into force last week. They target senior Belarusian officials and traders, as well as key potash, petroleum and tobacco industries.
They were adopted in response to the May 23 interruption of a Ryanair plane flying over the territory of Belarus. Two journalists on board were arrested, according to opposition journalist Roman Protasevich And his Russian comrade Sofia Sabeka.
These sanctions are in addition to the EU air ban on flights from Belarus, and most of their flights and airports are encouraged by EU airlines. The EU has added 78 names to its roster, now 166, including President Alexander Lukashenko and his two sons and 15 government-affiliated organizations.
The European Union introduced an Eastern alliance with Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, providing close economic and political ties in exchange for reforms. Some of these countries, Ukraine and Georgia, see the agreement as a first step for members, but European leaders have never fulfilled this promise. The EU has always confirmed that the alliance is not intended to expand its influence at the expense of others, but Russia sees the federation as an intruder on the scope of its influence.