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Andreichenko: Sanctions contradict the logic of partner relations

MINSK, 2 April (BelTA) – The policy of sanctions contradicts the logic of partner relations and will have nothing but a negative effect, Chairman of the House of Representatives Vladimir Andreichenko said at the 10th session of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus on 2 April.

The Speaker noted that the recent decisions made by the EU Council and the European Parliament shows who is an initiator of confrontation. Vladimir Andreichenko stressed: “Such steps contradict the interests of the people of Belarus and the EU.”

Vladimir Andreichenko added: “Unfortunately, certain European organizations are not objective in assessing the real situation in our country. The position of Belarusian MPs remains unchanged. We are ready for a constructive dialogue with international parliamentary organizations, foreign parliaments based on mutual respect and equality.”

“The recent decisions of the EU Council and the European Parliament have showed who have been trying to damage the relations. Expansion of sanctions, including measures of economic restrictions, contradicts the logic of partner relations and will have only a negative effect for economic agents of both our country and the European Union,” Vladimir Andreichenko said. Such steps, according to Vladimir Andreichenko, are unacceptable in terms of the fundamental principles of international relations. In addition, such steps on the part of the EU put off the normalization of the dialogue of Belarus and the European Union.

“It should be noted that our opinion is shared by quite a few politicians and representatives of the business community of European states. This we made sure of once again as we attended the winter session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.

He also noted that the MPs, despite the importance of legislative activity, need to pay serious attention to the work in their constituencies. The Speaker recalled that the parliamentary election campaign will be picking up pace after the tenth session.

On the eve of the parliamentary elections, Vladimir Andreichenko urged MPs to re-examine the situation onsite. MPs need to team up with local authorities to look into the problems that need to be addressed as a matter of priority. “We need to meet with labor collectives more often, to intensify work with citizens. It is particularly important to establish direct and open dialogue with people, to communicate to everyone what exactly the authorities are doing to improve the lives of people. This is our program of action for the next election campaign,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.