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.
“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".