On behalf of US President Barack Obama, the report says that such a decision was made in connection with the “continuing undermining of democratic principles in Belarus and influencing democratic institutions.” The statement of the White House states that a number of leading officials of the Republic of Belarus are involved in “political repression”, “are involved in corruption schemes” and “continue to pose an extraordinary threat to security”. For US security? ..
It is noteworthy that the decision to extend the sanctions appeared literally several hours after the statement of Alexander Lukashenko about the need to intensify the integration processes between Belarus and the Russian Federation. During the III Forum of the Regions of Belarus and Russia, the President of the Republic of Belarus noted the importance of such interaction in the conditions of the crisis.
Information Agency BelTA leads a fragment of Alexander Lukashenko's speech on the forum:
We must not allow a wedge to drive into our fraternal relations.