EU imposes sanctions against Belarus to put pressure on Lukashenko, - media

Source : 112 Ukraine

Brussels demands a new presidential election in Belarus
19:26, 2 October 2020

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
RIA Novosti

The EU deploys sanctions against Minsk so as to put pressure on Alexander Lukashenko. According to Bloomberg, the EU leadership demands new election in Belarus.

Governments of the EU member countries agreed to freeze assets and introduce trave bans for some 40 officials.

The EU does not recognize elections in Belarus, where Alexander Lukashenko allegedly won the race. Brussels condemns the violence applied to peaceful protesters, and their arrests. The restrictions will be applied against those responsible for the brutal treatment of protesters who claimed that the election was rigged.

Related: EU leaders agree on sanctions against Belarus: They will come into force next week

“The sanctions against actors in Belarus will go into effect. That means the European Union is now acting against those who stand against the democratic movements. That is a very important signal”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as cited by the outlet.

The EU sanctions will not be concerning Lukashenko himself, though Charles Michel claimed that the EU will be following the situation, and "amdendments could be made".

Related: Belarus threatens to break off diplomatic relations with EU



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