At the May summit, the presidents and prime ministers of the EU member states agreed on the adoption of targeted sanctions against Belarus in response to the forced landing of a civilian flight in Minsk. On board a Ryanair plane bound for from Greece to Lithuania, a flight between two EU states, was a journalist and activist Raman Pratasevich, who was immediately detained by Belarusian security and his girlfriend.
“We still hope that the hot heads will cool down and take into account the interests of their business in Belarus,” Haloučanka remarked. According to him, the Belarusian leadership has so far done everything for equal partnership with the West. “However, if we talk about the damage caused to our companies, we have a full right to compensation for this damage. A complex of measures in response to sanctions is ready,” the prime minister added.
He estimated the damage caused to the Belarusian economy by sanctions in Western countries at less than three percent of gross domestic product. “Overall, if we take trade and financial sanctions, then the maximum amount of damage that has been calculated is 2.9% of GDP,” said the Prime Minister of Belarus.
According to him, Belarus will be forced to “give up Western goods” and is ready to “switch, among other things, to Asian technologies, which have been advancing by leaps and bounds in the last few decades.” Haloučanka also warned that the West could lose the Belarusian market, which “is not so large, but the volume of investment imports from the EU is billions a year”.
On Friday, the ambassadors of the member states of the European Union approved the ban on the entry of Belarusian airlines into the EU airspace and their landing at EU airports, which came into force today.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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