Senior Russian MP slams Europe's isolation of Belarus

Other News Materials 28 June 2006 15:25 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - The speaker of the upper house of the Russian parliament Wednesday slammed the EU's ostracizing of the current Belarusian administration.

The EU in April approved a ban on entry to the EU against 31 Belarusian officials, including President Alexander Lukashenko after presidential elections in the country in March were declared fraudulent by international observers and opposition leaders. The EU also decided in May to freeze the accounts of Lukashenko, dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by Washington, reports Trend.

"It is impermissible when a European country is treated like a rogue nation without a good reason. A country's isolation leads to isolation of its people. Isolation and sanctions, including against Belarus, is no way for Europe to behave," Sergei Mironov told the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly.