The European Union will not consider sanctions against the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.
This was reported by the German newspaper Welt.
Germany, France and Italy are against the inclusion of the Belarusian leader in the sanctions list. They believe that “the channels of communication with Lukashenko should be kept open,” and the introduction of restrictive measures against him will mean a complete cessation of the dialogue with Minsk.
The Baltic countries and Poland insisted on the imposition of sanctions against the Belarusian president, TASS notes.
A day earlier, Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin that the military intelligence of Belarus has a recording of a conversation between representatives of Warsaw and Berlin, which confirms the falsification of the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Earlier Angela Merkel made a statement that Navalny was poisoned with combat poison from the Novichok group.
Earlier it was reported that against the background of protests in Belarus in early August, the EU is considering a list of 15-20 Belarusian officials who will be banned from entering the territory of the community and access to the European banking system.
The EU sanctions against Belarus for human rights violations were in effect from 2004 to 2016, in different years the black list expanded and decreased, sometimes increasing to 130 people.