Foreign Minister Dominic Raab asked independent MP Claudie Webbe about “who” to sue in order to take legal action against Belarus. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Tuesday threatened to stop the transit of goods from the European Union through his country to Russia and China in retaliation for EU sanctions. Ms Webbe asked: “Why does the government not consider legal action necessary in the Belarus case?
Ms Webbe continued, “Well, I’m asking you the question. Does the government consider that legal action is necessary? “
The Minister continued, “Sorry, what I was trying to clarify is who do you want us to pursue and where? “
The Leicester East MP seemed to be struggling to find an answer.
One of them wrote: “To be fair, we have all made fun of each other many times. “
Another added: “Never ask a question you don’t understand. “
A third person said, “Embarrassing, imagine Raab handing you your ***.” “
Lukashenko did not specify when transit could be blocked and which countries, beyond Germany, could be affected.
Asked on Tuesday about the potential blockage in transit, the Kremlin said a disruption in supply chains could not be ruled out and serious work would be needed to minimize such problems if they did occur.
Belarusian Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said his government would “examine the behavior of our European partners” and take what he called appropriate measures that would not harm the Belarusian economy.