EU threatens Alexander Lukashenko with new sanctions

Emergency landing of a passenger plane and torture of people: the head of the Belarusian state Lukashenko suppresses his critics. The European Union is now considering new sanctions.

the European Union The Belarusian ruler gave Alexander Lukashenko He threatened additional penalties on his re-election anniversary, which has been criticized as fraudulent. “the I Willing to consider further action in the face of the regime’s blatant disregard of international obligations,” said the EU External Representative Josep Borrell Sunday on behalf of the 27 member states. With the exploitation of migrants for political purposes and the emergency landing of a passenger plane Belarus Other international standards are in question.

Borrell was alluding to the fact that more than 2,000 illegal border crossings were registered on the border between Lithuania and EU member Belarus (formerly: Belarus) in July alone. From the point of view of the European Union, this is done precisely by the government in Minsk. Lukashenko had publicly threatened, in response to the EU sanctions, people from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan or Syria to allow that to happen.

Mass protests against the president

The European Union published the declaration to mark the anniversary of the presidential elections in the former Soviet republic on August 9 last year. Subsequently, Lukashenko was declared the winner despite widespread allegations of election fraud. He suppressed the mass protests by force. The European Union has already imposed several sanctions in recent months over the crackdown on civil society and democratic dissent.

The last time was after the arrest of a blogger who criticized the government Roman Protasewicz Also economic sanctions. Authorities in Belarus had a European passenger plane on its way from Athens to Vilnius in Lithuania He had to stop in Minsk in order to be able to arrest Lukashenko’s critic. The European Union also called for the release of more than 600 political prisoners and the holding of free and fair elections on Sunday.

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