Belarus to impose sanctions on high-ranking EU officials, Foreign Minister states
- 23 November 2020
Minsk will slap sanctions on high-ranking officials of the European Union, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said on Sunday, APA reports quoting Sputnik.
On November 17, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held a meeting on foreign policy in Minsk.
"At the meeting, we also discussed our response measures in connection with the steps taken by our European partners about a week ago. You know that the European Union has imposed additional sanctions against 15 people. Today, when we were discussing the situation, we were forced to state that we will also expand our personal sanctions lists, which will include representatives of the leadership of the European Union, and the leadership of a number of European countries," Makei told the Belarus 1 TV Station.
The EU imposed sanctions on 40 Belarusian officials in early October. The union has then expanded the list, which now also includes Lukashenko. The sanctioned officials are prohibited from visiting EU countries. The measures also freeze the EU assets held by those sanctioned.
The EU is reportedly planning to further expand sanctions against members of the current government in Belarus.