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MOSCOW, February 29 (Itar-Tass) — On Wednesday Vladimir Putin in his statement expressed regret over the sanctions EU took against Belarus. Nonetheless, Putin does not take the sanctions as an encroachment on the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. "I do not think the sanctions are an encroachment on the Customs Union and the common economic space. These are purely the relations of a political character between Belarus and EU," Putin said.
As a rule, sanctions are not effective, as a minimum, Putin said. As an example, Putin mentioned the developments in Libya and Iraq. The tragic developments in Libya, Iraq demonstrated that no matter what sanctions are used all this finally ends in the intervention because sanctions are not effective in themselves, Putin said.
Putin said any sanction is an instrument of pressure by force. Heurged to avoid elements of force in the international affairs and wantsthe international law to regain its strength and effectiveness. Putin urged to return to the fundamental principles of the international law. "Using these instruments we will achieve much more than by means of putting pressure by force," Putin said.
"I hope that sooner or later the normalization will be achieved, but all these will surely not affect the advance of our integration processes," Putin stressed.