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EU to introduce new sanctions against Belarus officials

Source : 112 Ukraine

Diplomats say EU foreign ministers have agreed to prepare a list of Belarusian officials to be hit with sanctions following the post-election mass arrests of demonstrators. Germany has thrown its weight behind the move
20:26, 14 August 2020

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The EU aims to impose new sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for the brutal crackdown in the ex-Soviet state, as Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters on August 14. He slammed the post-electoral unrest as "completely unacceptable." DW news agency reported this.

"We aim to put certain persons who are known and took part in crimes against peaceful protests under the EU sanctions regime," he said on Friday. Maas and his colleagues from other EU countries were discussing the issue in a teleconference on Friday. The targets and the scope of the measures have yet to be determined. A European official said that "a list of names will be drawn up."

The top diplomats from the bloc's 27 member states met on August 14 to review former restrictions against Belarus party leadership that the EU removed in 2016, citing progress in improving the rule of law.

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The sanctions had targeted arms companies, frozen assets and implemented travel bans.

The video talks were called after a controversial election win for President Alexander Lukashenko and days of violence against anti-government protesters.

Maas' comments on sanctions echo those made by a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the talks.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted earlier Friday that additional sanctions were needed against "those who violated democratic values or abused human rights in Belarus."

Related: Tsikhanouskaya announced creation of coordinating council for peaceful transfer of power in Belarus

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