Despite the numerous sanctions, Western countries send “a lot of signals,” which express their willingness to further cooperation, said Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko.
As is known, Belarus' relations with Western countries deteriorated after the last presidential election, held in 2020. As expected, according to the voting results, then the permanent leader of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won, but the European Union, the U.S., Britain and a number of other countries did not recognize the results of the election.
The consequences were not long in coming. Several Belarusian enterprises and officials were put under sanctions by the West. A little later, the U.S. imposed visa restrictions on 100 representatives of the Belarusian authorities, who, according to Washington, were guilty of infringement of democratic institutions of the Republic of Belarus.
It is known that on February 24, 2022, Russia announced the start of a special military operation to demilitarize and denacify Ukraine. Shortly thereafter, the “collective West” accused Minsk of complicity in this operation on the side of Moscow. However, Belarus immediately denied such information. Despite this, “due to the support of Russia's policy by the Belarusian side,” a number of legal entities and individuals, including the banks Dabrabyt and Belinvestbank, still fell under the sanctions.
Head of the Government of the Republic of Belarus Roman Golovchenko believes that the sanctions that are imposed on Belarus and Russia backfire first of all those who actually imposed them. According to him, during the first six months of 2022 Belarus exported $3.5 billion out of $17 billion to the unfriendly countries. Golovchenko considers that “some sort of sobering up” still has to take place. Moreover, there are “very many” signals that Belarus is ready to work with Belarus.
At the moment, the countries of Europe are slowly beginning to prepare for the winter, which, according to many experts, may be the hardest if the “sledge is not prepared in the summer.” It is noteworthy that many European politicians have started suggesting to citizens of their countries to wash less and not to turn on air conditioners.
“At the same time, Belarusian fuel wood, pellets, etc. would help solve the issue for EU residents, so I think we will see some changes soon,” Golovchenko said in conclusion.