The UNITED States, the EU, The United Kingdom, and Canada are discussing the possibility of imposing sanctions against Belarus, media reported. Economist Dmitriy zavotnyy on Sputnik radio suggested how great the opportunities of Western countries to influence Minsk with the help of sanctions are.
Canada, the United States, the EU, and the United Kingdom are discussing possible sanctions against Belarus, Reuters reported citing an informed source in Canada.
The source reports that if sanctions are imposed, it will happen “in the not-too-distant future.”
The head of the Center for Economic Strategies, Dmitriy Zavotnyy, said on Sputnik radio that it is not yet clear what kind of sanctions could be discussed, but in any case, it is unlikely that these sanctions will be sensitive for Belarus.
“As for the political part, how many times have political sanctions been imposed on Lukashenko? It seems to be “non-entry” in the West. But Alexander Lukashenko is not the leader who is important to travel, to the United States, to the UK, because these relations are already fundamentally dysfunctional, Lukashenko has nothing to do there,” said Dmitriy Svotnyy.
About the same, in his opinion, we can say about the possible economic pressure of the West on Belarus. And given that the country’s economy is more tied to the Russian market, these sanctions will not be able to cause even the damage, for example, which was caused by similar sanctions to Iran, “- believes Dmitry zavotnyy.
Mass protests of the opposition began in Belarus on August 9, after the presidential elections, which Lukashenko won – according to the CEC, he received 80.1% of the votes. In the first days of the action were suppressed by the security forces, violent methods were used against protesters who did not agree with the announced results of the elections. According to official data, more than 6.7 thousand people were detained in the first days.
According to the Interior Ministry, hundreds of people were injured during the riots, including more than 130 law enforcement officers.
Authorities reported the deaths of three protesters. A UN OHCHR spokeswoman said the Interior Ministry confirmed the deaths of four people as a result of injuries sustained at the protests. The country’s Interior Ministry said it did not confirm such information.