The European Union is going to adopt a new package of sanctions against Belarus within a few weeks. This was announced by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.
“The authorities in Minsk have now started persecuting the Polish community. We are preparing a new block of sanctions, which, I hope, will be adopted in the coming weeks, “ he announced.
Borrell did not give details of the upcoming sanctions.
Earlier in May, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko promised the European Union problems due to sanctions against Minsk. In particular, he instructed Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko to prepare information for him about major European projects and enterprises in the republic.
The last, third, package of EU sanctions against the leadership of Belarus was adopted on December 17, 2020. The list includes 29 officials, including the head of the National State Television and Radio Company Ivan Eismont, as well as seven legal entities, including the Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant and Beltechexport.
The EU does not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus on August 9 and the victory of Lukashenko. The sanctions are also a response to the mass violence by the Belarusian security forces against the protesters and the persecution of the opposition. Lukashenko believes that the elections were held according to the law, and the actions of the security forces did not go beyond the permissible limits.