In the immediate aftermath of last month's presidential election in Belarus, there were riots on the streets of the capital, Minsk, and hundreds were arrested.
Sergei Martynov says people are not arrested for their political views
Those detained included seven opposition candidates; four of whom remain in detention.
The European Union wants them released and is expected to impose sanctions against the Belarusian government next week.
The BBC's James Coomarasamy asked the Belarusian foreign minister, Sergei Martynov, why the opposition candidates had been detained.
Geographically, Belarus is sandwiched between Russia to the east and European Union nations to the west.
How do Belarusians who live near the border with the EU feel about the situation?