Belarus took action in response to the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) against the republic. This was reported on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Belarus.
The ministry said it had summoned the head of the EU Delegation to Belarus Dirk Schuebel in connection with the “unprecedented restrictive measures” of the EU. During the meeting, the Belarusian side reported on “the absolute unacceptability of the use of sanctions as an instrument of pressure on a sovereign and independent state.”
The EU representative was offered to leave for Brussels to convey to European politicians the position of Belarus. In addition, the republic’s permanent representative to the EU was recalled to Minsk for consultations.
Belarus also announced the suspension of the Readmission Agreement with the EU. “We cannot fulfill our obligations under this Agreement under the conditions of the sanctions and restrictions imposed by the European Union. We state with deep regret that the forced suspension of the Agreement will have a negative impact on interaction with the European Union in the fight against illegal migration and organized crime, ”the Belarusian Foreign Ministry concluded.
In response to the sanctions, the Belarusian side banned entry to the republic for “representatives of European structures” and EU citizens who “contributed to the introduction of restrictive measures”. The Foreign Ministry of Belarus hoped that “officials of the EU and its member states are aware of the defectiveness and futility of decisions on the use of force” in relation to the country.
Earlier, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry suspended the country’s participation in the EU’s Eastern Partnership program.
On June 24, the EU introduced the fourth package of economic sanctions against Belarus. 166 individuals and 15 legal entities fell under them. According to the measures taken, the EU restricts access of Belarus to its financial markets, imposes restrictions on the trade in oil products and potash fertilizers, as well as tobacco products. The transfer of military and dual-use goods and technologies and insurance services to the republic’s authorities was also banned. The UK, Canada and the United States have already joined the sanctions.