The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell in a statement on behalf of the European Union, condemned the intimidation against members of the Coordination Council in Belarus and confirmed the bloc's readiness to impose sanctions. It is reported by Yevropeyska Pravda, citing a statement.
“The persecution, violence and forced expulsion of members of the Coordination Council and other representatives of civil society contradict this goal (to bring Belarus out of the crisis, - ed.). The striking dedication of the Belarusian people to a democratic future and insistence on respect for their fundamental rights deserve a different response,” head of European diplomacy said.
It is noted that all members of the Presidium of the Coordination Council, except for the Nobel Prize laureate Svetlana Aleksiyevich, have been arrested or left the country. The European Union is ready to impose personal sanctions against Belarusian officials, Borrell stressed.
“The EU reaffirms its determination to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence, suppression of peaceful protests and electoral fraud, and stands ready to take further restrictive measures if necessary,” the statement said.
EU countries have agreed to impose sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials, but there is no consensus with regard to President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.