MINSK, December 3. / TASS /. The West’s new sanctions against Belarus will lead to closer integration and economic cooperation between Moscow and Minsk, State Secretary of the Russian-Belarusian State Union Dmitry Mezentsev said on Friday.
“The response to these sanctions is closer consolidation between Russia and Belarus, more substantial and productive work on the implementation of the resolutions of the two presidents on economic integration,” he said.
According to Mezentsev, the economic sanctions of the West “are aimed at jeopardizing the possibilities of the Belarusian national economy to question the vast program of social assistance to individuals and support for families with children, which is being implemented in Belarus For years. “” I am convinced that the current economic cooperation between the parties will ensure the sustainability of the national economy of the sister country, “he said.” Of course, we have to talk about the formation of common production chains , avoid unnecessary competition in the production sector. We need to explore the possibilities of our joint products in new markets. “
The European Union applied the fifth anti-Belarus sanctions package on December 2. The sanctions concern 17 people and 11 organizations. The US Treasury Department has also imposed restrictions on Belarusian public debt securities and banned trading with the country’s new promissory notes with a maturity of more than 90 days issued after December 2. Apart from that, 20 natural persons, 12 legal persons and three planes were put on the list due to the migration crisis and in the light of allegations concerning the repression of civil liberties. The UK and Canada have also announced additional sanctions against Belarus.
Meanwhile, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei told a meeting of top OSCE diplomats that his country was being punished with sanctions because it demonstrated “the dark side of European democracy”.