President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to respond to the imposition of sanctions by a number of countries, including Poland and Lithuania.
“If they were still loitering to China and Russia through us (Poles and Lithuanians), now they will fly either through the Baltic or the Black Sea to trade with Russia and so on. And for sanctioned products (for those products on which Russia has imposed an embargo) – even if they don’t dream. We will show them what sanctions are, ”Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with employees of Savushkin-Orsha LLC (quoted by BelTA).
“They thought they could tilt us, scare us with tanks, rockets… Let’s see who else scares whom. We will show them what sanctions are.” — Lukashenko said.
He also said that he instructed the government to prepare a proposal to reorient all trade flows from Lithuanian ports.
“So we’ll see how they will live. 30 percent of the Lithuanian budget is formed by our cargo flows through Lithuania. What else does? Got sick. Therefore, we will put it in place”, — Lukashenko assured.
The Belarusian leader recalled that Belarus was already under sanctions, so there is no need to frighten her.
Earlier, the Lithuanian authorities prepared a sanctions list of 118 Belarusian officials who, according to Vilnius, were involved in the rigging of the August 9 presidential elections and the use of violence against protesters. Poland has called on the European Union to impose extensive sanctions against Minsk.