The preparation of a new, fourth package of EU sanctions against the entourage of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is almost complete. High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell stated this following the meeting of the Council of the European Union on Foreign Affairs on May 10, Deutsche Welle reports.
“In Belarus, the regime continues to repress and intimidate its citizens. Now it persecutes the Polish community as well. We are working on the next package of sanctions, which, I hope, will be adopted in the coming weeks,” Borrell said.
According to him, the fourth package will take into account the situation in Belarus, including the persecution of the Polish minority.
Earlier, Lukashenko stated that he is ready to block the transit of goods through its territory to China and Russia if sanctions are tightened.
In March, the security forces detained the chairman of the Union of Poles in Belarus, not recognized by the authorities, Andzhelika Borys, which soon forced the official Warsaw to take diplomatic measures. In particular, the Polish Foreign Ministry summoned the Belarusian Chargé d'Affaires.