The Russian Foreign Ministry Has Condemned EU Plans To Impose Sanctions Against Belarusian Officials
The EU's intention to impose sanctions against Belarusian officials contradicts the goal of restoring stability, establishing a dialogue, and launching the constitutional process, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
"Our position on the sanctions tools used by the European Union is well known. It is illegitimate from the point of view of international law and constitutes unacceptable interference in internal Affairs. And in the context of the situation in Belarus, it contradicts the goal of restoring stability, establishing a dialogue, launching the constitutional process, and easing tensions, which EU representatives have talked about so much," she said.
Zakharova called the EU policy attempts to "rock the boat" and called on the EU to prepare for retaliatory measures.
A possible speech by former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at a meeting of EU foreign Ministers will interfere in the internal affairs of the Republic, Zakharova believes. The EU is thus trying to decide for Belarusians how to live, without paying attention to the constitutional reform, which should establish a national dialogue in Belarus, she added.
On August 19, the EU announced its intention to impose sanctions against Belarusian officials who, according to European countries, are responsible for the" falsification " of the results of the presidential election in Belarus held on August 9, and the subsequent violence against protesters. On August 27, Estonia imposed the corresponding sanctions. On August 31, Latvia and Lithuania did this. Restrictions were also imposed on the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
The possible participation of Tikhanovskaya in Brussels at a meeting of the EU Council at the level of foreign Ministers was reported earlier by TASS, citing a source in the EU Council.