EU takes step toward imposing fresh sanctions on Belarus

EU takes step toward imposing fresh sanctions on Belarus
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  • calendar-gray 14 August 2020

The European Union signaled it’s ready to impose sanctions on Belarus over the violent crackdown of protesters after Sunday’s presidential election.

In an emergency conference call on Friday, the EU’s 27 foreign ministers agreed to ask the bloc to start drawing up a list of officials linked to President Alexander Lukashenko who could be sanctioned. The process could take as short as a matter of days.

“EU doesn’t accept election results,” the EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said in a statement on Twitter after the call. “Work begins on sanctioning those responsible for violence and falsification.”

The ministers stopped short of taking a final decision to impose the measures, however. That could come at a scheduled meeting of foreign ministers in Berlin at the end of this month, or possibly later, according to two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. Any decision has to be taken unanimously.

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