EU will prolong sanction against Lukashenka’s purses
13:33, — Politics
The sanctions will be prolonged automatically.
This follows from the previously described mechanism of the restrictive measures, which provides for their prolongation in the case, the situation with Belarusian political prisoners and respect to human rights, rule of law and democratic principles on the part of the authorities does not change, Radio Svaboda reports.
For this reason the sanctions will not be a subject of discussion at today’s meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states, which is taking place in Luxembourg.
Restrictive measure are currently in place against 243 people, including Lukashenka, his elder sons and 32 companies, belonging to Belarusian oligarchs, close to the president.
Last week human rights groups from Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Slovakia, Finland, Switzerland, Norway and Belarus send a letter to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU member states and the EU’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton, which stated that the sanctions were not working in their current form.
“Only a coherent strategy of the EU with the use of effective restrictive measures may lead to positive changes in Belarus, and first of all to the release and exoneration of all political prisoners”. The letter was also signed by a 2010 presidential candidate, former political prisoner Andrei Sannikov, the leader of the European Belarus civic campaign.
Last week the Council of Belarusian People’s Republic also spoke in favor of prolonging the sanctions against the Belarusian regime.
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