European Union foreign ministers will approve a fresh set of sanctions against scores of officials in Belarus and prepare a series of measures aimed at hurting the country’s economy. This was announced by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, TASS reports.
“We will approve the package of new sanctions, which is a wider package,” Borrell told reporters as he arrived in Luxembourg to chair the ministerial meeting.
He said asset freezes and travel bans will be slapped on a total of around 86 people and organizations.
The EU has already banned Belarus airline companies from flying over the bloc’s territory or using its airports.
Borrell said the ministers will also prepare a raft of economic sanctions for EU leaders to endorse at a summit on Thursday.
“These are going to hurt, going to hurt the economy of Belarus heavily,” he said.
As it was reported, on May 23, the founder of the largest opposition telegram channel of Belarus NEXTA, journalist Roman Protasevich, was detained in Minsk. The plane with Roman Protasevich on board flew from Athens to Vilnius. Suddenly, the plane gave a distress signal, changed course, and made an emergency landing at the Minsk National Airport. The emergency landing was caused by a mining signal.