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EU agrees sanctions against Lukashenko for crackdown on Belarus protests

October 13, 2020
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell  said EU foreign ministers have given the go-ahead to sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus over the violent crackdown on protesters.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said EU foreign ministers have given the go-ahead to sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus over the violent crackdown on protesters.

LUXEMBOURG — EU foreign ministers have given the go-ahead to sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus over the violent crackdown on protesters after the country's disputed Aug. 9 election.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that “disproportionate response” had been used in the authorities' response to demonstrations over the weekend, as well as “a complete lack of will" on the part of the Belarussian president to "bring a democratic, a peaceful solution to the situation."

After a council meeting in Luxembourg, the ministers said in a statement that “the EU stands ready to take further restrictive measures, including against entities and high-ranking officials, including A. Lukashenko."

Legal texts must now be prepared before experts from the 27 EU states can give their final approval, Borrell explained.

At the same meeting, ministers also agreed to sanction those involved in the suspected poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, agreeing with Germany and France that Moscow is responsible for the attack on his life.

"Europe, as we've seen has leverage when it is united," said Susan Stewart, German Institute for International and Security Affairs. "The individuals that are targeted do feel the pinch," she said. — Euronews


October 13, 2020
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