Belarus threatens Poland with sanctions retaliation

Belarus is still considering possible sanctions against Poland in retaliation to visa restrictions introduced by Warsaw on President Lukashenko and officials of his administration, following disputed elections in December.

Spokesman for the foreign ministry in Minsk, Andrei Savinych said Thursday that Belarus will not react hastily and shall take a balanced approach, should such a decision be made.

On Wednesday, Belarusian authorities strongly criticized Warsaw's move imposing visa restrictions on top representatives of the Lukashenko administration and threatened prompt and adequate counter measures.

According to unofficial information, foreign ministers of EU member states are to take similar action regarding the Minsk administration as a means of reacting to repressions directed against the democratic opposition in Belarus following presidential elections there in December, last year.

The decision is expected to be announced on 31 January.


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