Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko instructed to prepare a response "up to the toughest measures" to the Western countries' possible sanctions against the official Minsk. As the head of state informed at the meeting on some domestic issues on January 20, the Government of Belarus will be responsible for the development of concrete steps.
«If someone tries to impose economic or other sanctions on the country, we must respond immediately, up to the toughest measures. We won’t let anybody make us bow. This should affect absolutely everyone, trying to oppress and block the country — whether it’s a separate group of countries or even the EU as a whole,» said President of Belarus, BelTA informs.
«We are always ready for a peaceful dialogue with anyone, willing to talk with us honestly and equally. But Belarus will never let anyone speak to it from a position of strength by issuing ultimatums,» said Alexander Lukashenko.
Nevertheless, according to the head of state, one should never go away from the discussion of issues, one must carefully consider measures to protect the sovereignty of the country, its economic and geopolitical interests. «This situation requires solid, weighed and prudent decisions,» said the president.
Alexander Lukashenko instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to develop and provide «concrete proposals to combat anti-Belarusian campaign abroad.» «We need to develop a set of measures to prevent our country from being a pawn in someone else’s game, as well as from destruction of our economy, security and sovereignty,» added the President.