The EU countries agreed to impose sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials; however, there is no consensus toward Belarus’s President Alexander Lukashenko and there is a reason as Polske Radio reported.
“The sanctions list includes 40 names of Belarusian politicians involved in the falsification of the results of the presidential elections and involved in the violent repression of the protests in Belarus. The list is not full because the discussions continue whether or not President Alexander Lukashenko should be included,” the European diplomat reported.
According to him, the opponents of the introduction of the sanctions against Lukashenko explain their position by the necessity to keep the communication channels with Belarus open.
The sanctions provide the ban for entrance to the EU countries and freezing of financial assets in the territory of the EU.
The restrictive measures and list of people should be confirmed by the ambassadors of the EU countries who have to make a decision until the second half of September. The final word remains with the EU ministers.
On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.
On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.