Lukashenka also expressed confidence that “time-hardened interpersonal contacts and friendship will prove stronger than sanctions and force Canadian politicians to return to a normal dialogue.”
The Belarusian President drew attention to the fact that since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the countries have implemented joint projects in the humanitarian and educational spheres, in the field of economy, science and sports “often contrary to the political situation.” He also thanked the Canadian authorities for their help in dealing with the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.
Canada began imposing sanctions on Belarus a few years ago, after the 2020 presidential election.
Lukashenka himself, members of his family and some Belarusian officials are under restrictions. In March, the country imposed another round of sanctions on 22 Belarusian Defense Ministry officials whom it suspected of supporting Russia's actions in Ukraine. In Ottawa, they believe that they allowed their country to become a “launching pad” for Russia.
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