"We believe that these are absolutely false and counterproductive messages. In particular, in 2006, the UK and Canada introduced similar measures, which did not lead to any result and were eventually canceled. However, time was lost for both sides, and it cannot be returned. ... Of course, as we announced earlier, we are introducing symmetric restrictions in relation to number of officials in Great Britain and Canada," said Anatoly Glazov.
After several weeks of discussions, the EU leaders agreed to impose sanctions on Belarus in connection with the controversial election results and the suppression of protests in this country.
The sanctions against Belarus, which will come into force next week, concern those involved in falsifying the results of the presidential elections and in the brutal suppression of peaceful demonstrations after the August 9 elections.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko was not included in the sanctions list, although Charles Michel said that the bloc "will monitor the situation" and that changes can be made. The sanctions include an asset freeze and travel bans for those affected by EU restrictive measures.
After Lukashenko was declared the winner of the elections, protests and brutal repressions against demonstrators have taken place in Belarus almost every day. All 27 EU member states do not recognize the election results and insist on a new vote.