"The Council Decision adds 40 individuals to the list of persons and entities subject to restrictive measures set out in the Annex to Decision 2012/642/CFSP (sanctions against Belarus officials - ed.)," the statement informs.
The document notes that the candidate countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine align themselves with this Council Decision.
"They will ensure that their national policies conform to this Council Decision.The European Union takes note of this commitment and welcomes it," the European Council added.
As we reported earlier, Brussels has been preparing a package of sanctions against Belarus. The decision was made by the member countries' foreign ministers after the death of protester Raman Bandarenka.
Raman Bandarenka was beaten up by the unidentified culprits during the flight at the "Changes Square", a yard in one of the streets in Minsk, where the protesters have been rallying since August. Bandarenka suffered serious injuries; the police detained him. Later, at a hospital, he fell into a coma and passed away. On November 15, protesters held a march in the Belarusian capital to pay tribute to Bandarenka.