Syarhei Martynau in Brussels: We will reciprocate for sanctions

"If Poland decides to forbid the Belarusian authorities to enter its territory, Belarus will reciprocate for it”, - claimed the Foreign Minister of Belarus Syarhei Martynau at press conference in Brussels.

"If the decision is taken, it will be unsuccessful and Poland should be ready for it. We will have no alternative other than reciprocation”, - said Martynau, informs TVN24.

The head of Belarusian diplomats also urged the EU to avoid irreversible decisions. “We are hoping that the decision will not close the door to the Belarusian foreign policy balanced between our main neighbours, namely Russia and the European Union”.

"We believe that the European Union’s decisions, whatever they may be, will not hinder the development of the Belarusian economy and will not create obstacles to the society”, - said Martynau at the meeting.

The Foreign Minister of Belarus explained that he had come to meet High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the European Union Catherine Ashton “to inform her about the real December 19 events”. Martynau advised “to be informed better” in response to the threats of EU representatives including Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Parliament, that there could be no cooperation between the European Union and Belarus if the detained opposition members would not be released.

"I wish Mr. Buzek, mass media and other politicians were well-informed about the events in Belarus. They should take into account that the force was used only in response to the protesters’ violence”, - he said. Martynau stressed that the government “had not used any excessive force” against the demonstrators – no tear-gas, rubber bullets, no dogs. "However, the European police used all the mentioned means in European capitals in the last few months. The Belarusian police are much more loyal to protesters”, - he claimed.