Kosachev: the lifting of EU sanctions from Lukashenka may indicate the desire to tear ally from the Russian Federation

MOSCOW, October 30. The lifting of sanctions against Alexander Lukashenka may indicate the desire of the West to tear ally against Russia. This opinion was expressed to journalists by the head of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachev.

The Senator noted that the political processes in Belarus “has never been so dramatic to deserve sanctions.” “It seems to me that it is a reflection of the geopolitical game in which the main point is the attempt to wrest from Russia the greatest number of its allies,” said the Senator. He also expressed hope that the Belarusian politicians also understand this and not become pawns in the game. “I am confident that relations between Russia and Belarus and this is the test of copper pipes for Belarus will survive,” he concluded.

On the eve reported that the EU decided to suspend sanctions against Belarus for four 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.