Belarus suspends participation in EU Eastern Partnership initiative

In addition, Minsk recalled its representative to the EU and banned entry for those involved in the imposition of sanctions.

Belarus suspends participation in EU Eastern Partnership initiative

According to TASS, a statement from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on Monday said that Belarus is suspending its participation in the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, and is also starting to implement the procedure for suspending the readmission agreement with the EU.

The ministry noted that in connection with the unprecedented restrictive measures introduced by the European Union against Belarus, the head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Belarus Dirk Schuebel was summoned to the Foreign Ministry.

“The diplomat was informed about concrete steps within the framework of a forced response to actions that threaten the national security of Belarus and cause direct damage to its economy and citizens. The Republic of Belarus suspends its participation in the EU’s Eastern Partnership initiative, the message says. “Belarus is starting to implement the procedure for suspending the readmission agreement with the EU”.

In addition, Belarus recalled its representative in the European Union, recommended Brussels to do the same and imposed a ban on EU officials involved in the development of sanctions against Minsk.

The Permanent Representative of the Republic of Belarus to the EU is recalling to Minsk for consultations. The head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Belarus was also invited to leave for Brussels for consultations in order to convey to his leadership the position of the Belarusian side on the unacceptability of pressure and sanctions, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. from the countries of the European Union that contributed to the introduction of restrictive measures. The Belarusian side continues to develop other response measures, including those of an economic nature, the statement says. The Belarusian political scientist Pavel Karnazytsky commented on the situation especially for our portal.

“With regret, we accepted the fact that the EU does not want to see us as a partner in the Eastern Partnership initiative. I think that’s enough for them the Ukrainian-Moldovan-Georgian trio, but we really have nothing to do at the same table with those who see us as a treat. Perhaps someday, when European politics becomes civilized, we will be able to offer them Western partnership, but for now we will not waste time communicating with them who do not want to hear us”, – the expert said.

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