“The goal is to strangle the economy of Belarus, to bring the country to hunger riots, which should demolish this power,” the minister said in an interview with ONT TV channel.

At the same time, he added that some of the leaders of the Belarusian opposition who have gone abroad and who are calling for tough sanctions against Belarus, themselves live very comfortably.

“Someone lives in an apartment for € 3,000 a month, someone in a fashionable mansion, but at the same time they demand sanctions against their people,” the Belarusian Foreign Minister said.

Makei also said that these oppositionists were tasked with organizing mass protests in Belarus, otherwise they would be left without funding.

“We know for certain that just recently those who are in Poland were clearly told that if there are no mass protests in Belarus by September, we will stop your funding,” Makei said. 

Earlier, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the EU to exclude Belarus from SWIFT and expand sectoral sanctions.