Belarus urges EU to soberly assess situation

MINSK, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- The official representative of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, Andrei Savinykh, on Tuesday urged some political figures in Europe supporting sanctions and other restrictive measures against Belarus to make "a sober assessment of the situation" and engage in "a constructive dialogue at all levels."

"Part of our European partners have misconceptions about the real political and social situation in Belarus," said Savinykh. " This encourages them to take decisions that will harm the normal interaction and the values, commitment to which they declare. This is a counterproductive stance that has already proved its futility in the past decade."

According to the official representative, "only sober assessment of the situation in Belarus meets the interests of a united Europe and the strengthening of European values."

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said earlier that the EU can renew the travel ban for the president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, and other Belarusian government officials, allegedly responsible for the arrests of opposition demonstrators after the elections.

The EU imposed sanctions on Lukashenko and 40 other Belarusian officials in 2006. In 2008 Brussels lifted sanctions against 36 people from this list.


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