Fifteen sectoral trade unions of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTU) urged the U.S. to cancel economic sanctions against Belarusian petrochemical enterprises.
"The unions declare unacceptability of such unjustified decisions, which violate Belarusians’ labor rights and can deprive people of their jobs and wages," reads the statement on the FTU website.
According to the FTU, these measures are "nothing but economic aggression and intimidation”. "Under the guise of ostensible good intentions, politicians have taken decisions that contradict the international law and, in fact, are aimed at undermining the economy of a sovereign state," reads the statement.
"U.S. officials deliberately turn a blind eye to the fact that these measures could leave people jobless without wages, and jeopardize the fulfillment of our state's social obligations," the pro-government trade unions said.
The FTU believes that this decision of the U.S. leadership is aimed at "creating another hotbed of social tension and destabilizing the situation in the region in general," and thus "satisfying its geopolitical ambitions”.
On April 19 the U.S. decided to resume sanctions against the Belarusian Oil Trading House, Belneftekhim concern, Belneftekhim USA, Belshina, Grodno Azot, Grodno Khimvolokno, Lakokraska, Naftan and Steklovolokno, following the deterioration of the human rights situation in Belarus. The sanctions will take effect on June 3, 2021.