MOSCOW, October 30. In the Kremlin took note of the information on the suspension of EU sanctions against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, calling the sanctions rhetoric in General is unacceptable.
“In the Kremlin note (this info is approx..). We are always at different levels in talked about in General inadmissibility of the sanctions rhetoric. In this case, it is not only about Belarus and Lukashenko, and in General about the unacceptability of using such methods in international relations”, – told reporters the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov.
On the eve reported that the EU decided to suspend sanctions against Belarus for 4 months. The official decision will come into force on 31 October. Restrictive measures will be suspended in respect of 170 citizens of Belarus, including the President of the Republic Alexander Lukashenko and the Belarusian organizations.
EU sanctions against Belarus include the “black list” of about 170 persons, including the President who are banned entry to the territory of the European Union, and financial assets in European banks are subject to freezing. They also include an arms embargo and a ban on deliveries to Belarus of police equipment and dual-purpose techniques that can be used for “internal repression”.
Sanctions are renewed annually for 12 months. Expires on October 31 of the next annual period.
The last time the EU suspended sanctions against Belarus in September 2008 to achieve from Minsk’s refusal of official recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia after the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia in August 2008. After that they again came into force.