The official Minsk, in response to the third package of EU sanctions, will ban a number of European officials from entering Belarus and the territory of the Union State. Besides, it will review the implementation of a number of humanitarian, educational, cultural programs, including those operating under the auspices of foreign embassies.
Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei reiterated that Minsk categorically does not accept the policy and logic of sanctions, but “is forced to respond adequately to those unfriendly restrictive measures that, unfortunately, our partners are taking in relation to Belarus.”
“We have carefully studied the entire so-called third package of restrictive measures, and, naturally, have offered our response to this package. It entails adding more names to the personal entry ban list. This means that more persons from the EU countries will not be able to enter the territory of Belarus and the territory of the Union State, given that this list is valid in the Russian Federation. We will, of course, take a number of legal actions in response to the totally unjustified inclusion of a number of entities and persons in the EU list,” said Vladimir Makei.
In addition, Minsk made a decision to restrict the activities of a number of political foundations in Belarus, as well as to revise the implementation of a number of humanitarian, educational, cultural programs carried out by the relevant political institutions in Belarus, including those operating under the auspices of the embassies. “There are at least three more areas where Belarus will take adequate measures in relation to our European partners. We would not like to make these measures public, but they will indeed be very sensitive and serious,” added Vladimir Makei.