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Belarus foreign minister says sanctions are vestiges of Neanderthal thinking

July 28, 2014, 0:41 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, July 27, 23:31 /ITAR-TASS/. The policy of sanctions in international affairs is a vestige of “Neanderthal” thinking and cannot be a way to solve problems, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makey said on Sunday.

“Our attitude to sanctions is known: we think that sanctions cannot be a way to solve problem issues. I think that sanctions, threats, blackmailing are vestiges of Neanderthal thinking of some politicians,” he told the national television.

As for sanctions the United States and the European Union plan to imposed or have already imposed against Russia, he said such sanctions “may boomerang those who impose them,” bearing in mind the fact that Russia is a big, economically strong military power. The only one who might benefit from these sanctions, according to Makey, is “a third force far beyond the seas, but it is a different question.” “Europeans should think twice before making these or those decisions, which may backfire at themselves,” he noted.

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