On Friday, September 18, a meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries was held in Brussels, at which they voted for the introduction of sanctions against Belarus. The representative of Cyprus vetoed the draft sanctions, as DW reports, citing a European diplomat who wished to remain anonymous.
“Such a step by Nicosia protects the Lukashenko regime from the consequences of its undemocratic and oppressive actions,” the diplomat said.
Cyprus explained its opposition to sanctions against Belarus by the desire to achieve the introduction of EU penalties against Turkey, which is exploring for gas in the disputed waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. On the issue of sanctions against Ankara, Cyprus was supported by the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clement Bon.
Sanctions should be among the options that the EU will consider if Turkey continues to threaten the security and sovereignty of Cyprus, Bon said after talks with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis.
As we reported before, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Yevhen Yenin believes that the situation with the accumulation of Hasidim on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border was deliberately created by the Belarusian authorities.