There are no political prisoners in Belarus, Foreign Minister Uladzimir Makey told reporters Friday in Vilnius on the sidelines of the Third Eastern Partnership Summit.
“Those called political prisoners are held in prison for specific criminal offenses,” Mr. Makey noted, adding that in other countries, they would probably have been given longer prison terms.
“The European Union’s sanctions against Belarus should be lifted or else there will be no progress in talks”, Mr. Makey said. “There should be a dialogue. All problems that exist in our relations with the EU should be solved in the process of dialogue.”
When asked whether the Belarusian authorities would release political prisoners in exchange for the abolition of the EU sanctions, Mr. Makey said: “This question should not be...Read More