Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko expected his government to react to possible action by the European Union due to the open crisis following the last elections. “We will teach them the sanctions,” he warned.
The European Union’s foreign ministers agreed this Friday to impose sanctions on at least a number of leaders in Belarus – it is unknown whether Lukashenko will be on that list – in retaliation against the government of the former Soviet republic for its response to the social Mobilizations.
Lukashenko, who has pointed out that his country has “survived” other similar measures, believes that European governments have “exaggerated their self-esteem” and “forgot what Belarus is”. “They think they can threaten us with missile tanks, (but) we’ll see who’s scared. We’ll teach them what sanctions are,” he said during a meeting with workers this Friday.
With that in mind, it has sparked potential commercial reprisals, particularly in relation to the impact it may have on neighboring countries like Poland and Lithuania. Lukashenko has assured that he has already ordered the preparation of funds to “divert all trade flows from Lithuanian ports,” according to the BelTA agency.