Reportedly, the new package could be ready in a few weeks.
EU foreign ministers in a videoconference on Thursday agreed on a new round of sanctions against Belarus, which could be ready within a few weeks, two European diplomats told Reuters.
According to sources, the new sanctions are likely to affect not only high-ranking officials, but also organizations that provide funding to President Alexander Lukashenko, whom the Belarusian opposition and Western countries are accused of electoral fraud..
The agreement on a new package of sanctions was also announced on Twitter by Radio Liberty / Radio Free Europe journalist Rikard Jozwiak.. “The EU foreign ministers have just agreed to advance work on the third package of sanctions against Belarus. It will probably be ready by the end of November – beginning of December, “he wrote..
The EU introduced the first package of visa and financial sanctions against 40 Belarusian officials on October 2, and then added the sanctions lists.
No “fundamental change” has occurred since the last sanctions were introduced, a senior EU source said..
Before the meeting with his colleagues, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: “The Belarusian authorities are clearly not ready for a dialogue with the opposition”.
“We have not yet seen a constructive reaction from Minsk, so we will discuss ways to increase the pressure,” he added. “And we can certainly increase the pressure by focusing on Lukashenka’s influential confidants”.
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