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EU MFAs fail to agree on sanctions against Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

The decision is being blocked by Cyprus
19:02, 21 September 2020

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Foreign ministers of the EU countries have been unable to agree on a list of personal sanctions against Belarus. This was announced by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Joseph Borrell.

"No sanctions were approved today because no unanimity was reached," Borrell said.

According to TASS, the decision is still being blocked by Cyprus, seeking to include seven Turkish companies that conducted drilling for natural gas in the economic zone of the Mediterranean country in the EU sanctions lists.

Related: Germany threatens Lukashenko with new sanctions

As we reported earlier, the European Union does not consider Aleksander Lukashenko legitimate President of Belarus.

Officials believe that the recent presidential elections in Belarus were rigged. In that regard, Joseph Borrel claimed that the sanctions against this country should be imposed as soon as possible, before the session of the European Council slated for September 24-25.

He added that the EU had to reconsider relations with Belarus, and also said that the second phase of the sanctions could follow after the first one.

Related: EU agrees sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials; Lukashenko out of list

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