The EU shouldn't have introduced new restrictions against the Belarusian leadership. This was stated by commissioner of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, on June 21. "Such a policy is counterproductive. No matter how difficult a dialogue is with one or another state in the legal field, this dialogue is necessary," he said.
«Excessive pressure, including by international organizations, is unproductive,» RIA «Novosti» citing the Russian MFA Spokesman.
As Telegraf previously reported, June 20, the council of the EU foreign ministers of decided to extend the visa and economic sanctions against certain Belarusian authorities, involved in «political repression after elections on December 19.» Thus, the EU «black list» was added by four new names, while the economic sanctions were imposed on companies Beltechexport, Sport-Pari and BT Telecommunications.
In response, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry stated that the EU is not able to adequately assess the situation as «European policy is enthralled by illusions and misconceptions about the real situation» in Belarus.