Belarus can stop the interaction with the EU on the fight against illicit migration and organized crime, as well as the participation in the Eastern Partnership as BELTA reported citing Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.
“Amid the toughen sanction pressure, the further participation of our country in the Eastern Partnership can no longer be of relevance. Without Belarus this initiative is also rendered meaningless,” Makei stated.
Moreover, the activity of the political funds, humanitarian programs, non-governmental organizations in the territory of Belarus can be restricted.
According to Makei, it will be possible in case of further escalation in the relations with the EU. He urged the European partners to “change their minds and stop attacks on the sovereignty” of the country.
On May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.
Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen threatened with sanctions the Belarusian officials responsible for the incident with the plane.
Journalist Rikard Jozwiak reported that the European Union plans to adopt the fourth package of sanctions against Belarus in June.
The U.S. and a number of the EU countries demand to stop the flights over Belarus, including the flights to the country itself.