Sanctions for events in Belarus, where protests have been held since August 9 after the presidential elections, should be introduced against Russia. This was stated by a member of the European Parliament from Poland, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.
“What the European Union could do and what Poland could offer is to direct sanctions against Russia, not Belarus. Because it looks like a punishment of the sword, not the hand,” said Sariusz-Wolski on air of “Polish Radio.
He said that the Belarusians themselves could cope with the construction of democracy, if “neutralized” the Russian intervention.
The MEP said that the EU response to the events in Belarus was not tough enough. “The attitude to what’s being done in Belarus would be quite different if not for the fact that today those in power in the European Union put relations and business with Russia above the support of democratic movements in Belarus,” said the deputy.
On August 11th the Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko promised to provide evidence of interference in the country’s affairs from outside. Minsk offered to objectively understand what is happening in the country and noted that it is ready for a dialogue with all foreign partners.