MINSK (Reuters) – Belarus is introducing its own sanctions list in response to the EU sanctions against Belarusian officials, the country's Foreign Ministry said.
The European Union imposed sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials without including the country's president Alexander Lukashenko on this list, demanding that the Belarusian authorities stop violence against protesters seeking new elections.
“In connection with the visa sanctions adopted by the EU against a number of Belarusian officials, the Belarusian side is introducing a reciprocal sanctions list from today. In accordance with the established civilized diplomatic practice, we will not publish it,” the statement says.
The Belarusian Foreign Ministry says it will not publish the list of European officials against whom it is imposing sanctions, and claims that these sanctions will operate “within the framework of integration associations, which include Belarus.”
(Andrey Makhovsky. Editor Dmitry Antonov)