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Sweden freezes aid for government bodies of Belarus

Source : 112 Ukraine

Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson believes that it is an important signal for the Belarusian regime
17:49, 19 August 2020

Belarus
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The government of Sweden made a decision to freeze part of the aid for Belarus, aiming for projects with the involvement of the government bodies as Omni reported.

“Currently we see the regime, which uses all state tools against its own population without hesitation and we believe that it is reasonable to freeze the cooperation with the authorities,” Sweden Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson said.

He believes that it is an important signal for the Belarusian regime.

Related: EU leaders asks Russia to urge Belarus for dialogue

Currently, the work takes place whether Sweden might continue to support the democratic powers of Belarus.

As we reported, candidate for the presidency in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya urged the European Union not to recognize the results of the elections in Belarus. She stated that the elections were unfair and their results are falsified.

Besides, the National coordination council of Belarus is supposed to be created by the Belarusian opposition. It is noted that 70 people would enter the council.

As we reported, the EU aims to impose new sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for the brutal crackdown in the ex-Soviet state. 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.

Related: Is Belarus closer to the West or to Russia?

Later, Members of the European Parliament did not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus. They released a joint statement, according to which, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is considered persona non grata in the EU.

 

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