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Policy of intimidation unacceptable for Belarus, Russia

MINSK, 27 February (BelTA) – Russia and Belarus openly state that a policy of intimidation is unacceptable, Vadim Gigin, Editor in Chief of the Belaruskaya Dumka magazine, told Belarus One TV channel in an interview as he commented on the joint statement made by the presidents of Belarus and Russia regarding possible EU and USA sanctions.

“It is a new stage in the development of geopolitical relations in the post-Soviet space. Russia and Belarus openly and unambiguously state that the policy of intimidation pursued by the USA and the EU is unacceptable in the modern world. It is outdated logic,” said Vadim Gigin.

“Unfortunately, in recent years our Western neighbors have been constantly trying to prompt our ways of future political and economic development. In my view it is completely unacceptable with regards to a sovereign and independent country. The way of ultimatums, sanctions and restrictions is the way to nowhere,” said Sergei Semashko, member of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus.

Chairman of the Belarusian Scientific and Industrial Association Alexander Shvets said: “From the economic point of view it is unacceptable in the modern world. There are no sufficient political or geopolitical reasons when it comes to Belarus. Therefore, we oppose such sanctions and such cooperation”.