Sanctions against states are unpromising instrument of foreign policy, said Friday the president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
"Attempts to isolate Belarus, like other countries - is a dead end road. It leads to a situation where everyone loses. It is easy to take the path of sanctions, but it is difficult then to a collapse and a return to normal life. So do not drive themselves into a corner" - Lukashenka said after taking the oath at the inauguration of the President.
According to him, recent events have shown that the West saw a decent partner in Belarus, and Minsk is welcome.
In August, Lukashenko has decided to pardon and release from prison of former presidential candidate Nikolai Statkevich, as well as five other convicts, which European officials considered political prisoners. In October, the European Union suspended until the end of February 2016 year sanctions against Lukashenko and 170 citizens of the republic. US partially lifted sanctions on nine Belarusian companies entered into 2006 year.