EU foreign ministers, gathered at the first joint session held this year, expanded sanctions against prominent officials of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
On 23 January, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs from EU countries met at the session of Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) in Brussels. Their attention focused on situation in Iran, Syria, Burma and Sudan, but, as announced before, issues concerning Belarus were discussed as well. The press statement reads that the ministers unanimously approved the extension of a list containing specific sanctions against political figures of President Lukashenko’s government.
So far, the sanctions were applied against those violating human rights during the elections in 2010. The assets of companies connected to Belarusian authorities and located in the EU had been frozen. Yet the abuse has been still occurring on a regular basis, caused by officials from outside the list. The updated list is to help to impose EU sanctions also against them.
Translated by KD