Belarus opposition activist: Minsk, EU will look for dialogue

Author: Interfax-Ukraine All articles by this author

More about Interfax-Ukraine

Apr. 18, 2012 17:08
215 159
Alexander Milinkevich
Photo by
Belarus and the European Union are willing to allay tensions and will continue looking for common ground for dialogue despite an exchange of different statements, which have not always been received positively by each other, leader of the Belarusian For Freedom opposition movement Alexander Milinkevich told Interfax.
"If one follows the logic of moving away from this confrontation, it is quite realistic that the EU will not continue tightening its sanctions, and we should not expect the inclusion of new names in the travel ban list," he said.

"Minsk has already taken a step [the release of opposition leaders Andrei Sannikov and Dmitry Bondarenko], and it is quite logical that the EU has suspended the process of expanding sanctions," Milinkevich said.

However, "a chance to lift the existing sanctions is absent today," he said.

"Full-fledged dialogue will be possible in the political sphere and economic cooperation only after political prisoners are freed," he said.

It is difficult to expect any full-fledged dialogue between Minsk and Brussels in the short-term prospect, "but talks will be held to lay the groundwork for this dialogue," the opposition activist said.

215 159

The Kyiv Post is hosting comments to foster lively public debate through the Disqus system. Criticism is fine, but stick to the issues. Comments that include profanity or personal attacks will be removed from the site. The Kyiv Post will ban flagrant violators. If you think that a comment or commentator should be banned, please flag the offending material.

comments powered by Disqus

Read more in {{sectionName}} section

All in {{sectionName}} section