The European Union deplores the escalation of violence in Belarus and is determined to impose sanctions on those responsible for rigging elections and suppressing peaceful protests. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, stated this as quoted by Reuters.
"The EU reaffirms its determination to impose sanctions on those responsible for the violence, suppression of peaceful protests and electoral fraud," Borrell said.
According to him, the block of European states will also take "additional restrictive measures" if necessary.
According to Borrell, the EU regrets the escalation of violence in Belarus and the forcible expulsion of members of the political opposition, which demonstrates "an increasingly open disregard for the rule of law" in the country.
According to diplomats, EU discussions are constrained by territorial disputes between Cyprus and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Seeking to support pro-democracy protests against the 26-year rule of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, EU ministers are considering imposing sanctions on high-ranking Belarusian officials after the August 9 elections, which the West believes were rigged.