EU may lift sanctions on two 'Lukashenka's wallets' - Latushka

Mikhail Gutseriyev and Aliaksandr Lukashenka / BELTA
Mikhail Gutseriyev and Aliaksandr Lukashenka / BELTA

The European Union may lift sanctions on the general director of Belaruskali, Ivan Halavaty, and Russian businessman Mikhail Gutseriyev, reports Pavel Latushka, representative of the United Transitional Cabinet of Ministers on the transition of power.

"It has come to our attention that personal sanctions of the European Union may be lifted on Lukashenka's two "wallets", which could lead to negative consequences for Belarusians fighting against Lukashenka's dictatorship. This includes the subsequent lifting of sectoral sanctions in the potash industry," Latushka said.

Supporters of the lifting of sanctions say that the withdrawal of Belaruskali will have a negative impact on the world food market. According to Latushka, this claim is unfounded: the UN index of food prices has been falling in recent months.

He believes that sanctions in the potash sector are detrimental to Lukashenka's regime because they are very difficult to circumvent. "The traditional Baltic ports for the regime have been closed, and the question of organizing Russian ports for the transport of Belarusian fertilizers has not been solved so far. Therefore, it is immoral to lift the sanctions that are already creating difficulties for the dictator. The USA, Lithuania and Poland have taken a hard stance against the lifting of sanctions," Latushka added.

He also stressed that the United Transitional Cabinet had communicated its position on this issue to the EU countries.

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