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Belarus, EU can resume dialogue if sanctions are dropped

MINSK, 1 March (BelTA) – Belarus and the European Union can resume a dialogue provided no more sanctions are imposed or toughened, Aide to the President of Belarus Valentin Rybakov told reporters on 1 March, BelTA has learnt.

“First of all, Europe should stop imposing and in particular toughening sanctions. It was not us who started this all. We only suggested that the ambassadors of Poland and the EU should temporary leave the country to deliver Belarus’ position to their governments,” Valentin Rybakov said.

He reminded that the Belarusian President made several statements last week about possible retaliation in case the European Union toughens sanctions. “Europe’s reaction was inappropriate. They drew themselves to this absurd situation,” he emphasized.

According to Valentin Rybakov, Belarus hopes that the ambassadors who left will explain Belarus’ position to their governments. He noted that Belarus will respond to any actions of the European Union in the future. “Now individual European political figures state that sanctions may be reinforced at the end of March. Belarus will take appropriate measures in reply,” Valentin Rybakov said.