The latest actions taken by the top officials of Belarus go against the values of democracy, the principles of the rule of law and the protection of basic liberties, including freedom of speech, said a statement released by Slovakia's Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday, January 5, the TASR newswire reported.
"Slovakia will back all EU tools, including the restoration of sanctions, when it comes to the creation of European Union policies in response to the altered situation in Belarus and to decisions made by Belarus's top representatives," reads the statement, as quoted by TASR.
According to the ministry, cooperation with institutions of civil society will remain in the forefront of Slovakia's foreign policy vis-à-vis Belarus. Slovakia condemned the use of inappropriate force against people in Belarus who voiced their disapproval at the manipulation of the results of the recent presidential elections.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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