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Hardline Baltic States Illegally Sanction Belarus, Russia Responds

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)

Baltic states impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko and other Belarus officials.
Baltic states impose sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko and other Belarus officials.
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International law is clear and unequivocal. Nations may not interfere in the internal affairs of others except in self-defense if attacked.

They may not sanction other nations, what Security Council members alone may do legally.

Failure to uphold these principles are flagrant UN Charter breaches what the US, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners do time and again with impunity, part of their war on humanity.

Hardline Baltic states Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia operate as US imperial tools, taking orders from Washington on geopolitical issues, saluting and obeying.

On Monday, their ruling regimes imposed illegal sanctions on Belarus.

President Lukashenko and other Belarusian officials were banned from entering their territory based on the phony accusation of rigging his reelection.

He won overwhelmingly. In response, his government expressed "sincere disappointment," saying it'll retaliate against unacceptable "hasty steps."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova (MZ below) slammed the move, saying:

"Bravo! Now Minsk gets bulletproof evidence of Western interference in Belarusian domestic affairs."

Separately, she criticized EU foreign ministers for not following through on their stated intention to "reflect more deeply on EU relations with Russia" by not discussing this issue among themselves, adding:

"Brussels again missed an opportunity to make Russian-EU relations more healthy and constructive."

"It is obvious that the atmosphere of these relations in the foreseeable future will continue to be based on five principles, which have been formulated as the lowest common denominator of the EU countries' diverging positions and which many EU members regard as obsolete."

Instead of upholding their sovereign independence by acting in their own interest, they bow to imperial USA most often on issues regarding Russia, a reliable ally they fail to bond with.

Moscow is ready for constructive dialogue, "but only on an equal, mutually beneficial and non-discriminatory basis."

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