Updated at 14:54,16-10-2020

Russian MFA supports currency union and opposes sanctions against Belarus


State Secretary - Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin considers it inevitable to move towards currency union of Belarus and Russia. At the same time Grigory Karasin stressed during a meeting with the leadership of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry on January 30 that the introduction of single currency requires careful consideration and is not an easy question.

State Secretary of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that common currency could become reality in the Eurasian Union, which would replace the CES. According to him, the single currency is a form of further integration of the two countries, BelTA informs.

Russia opposes sanctions against Belarus

Also, Grigory Karasin says Russia opposes the EU and U.S. sanctions against Belarus. The diplomat notes that "the policy of sanctions brings the situation into a dead-lock" and underlines the need for Belarus to participate in all forums.

"We advocate cooperation, as well as openness and transparency in solving the problems were solved in a spirit of. We will further adhere to such a position", assured Grigory Karasin.

"The problem is that we are trying to impose this position on Europe. But there are those, dissatisfied with power, in any country. Any country has certain problems, but it’s counterproductive to expose them, mock, try to suppress", the diplomat added.

On January 3, U.S. President Barack Obama extended sanctions against Belarus, while the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs promised to step up pressure on the Belarusian authorities.