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EU ambassadors agree on new sanctions package against Belarus

These are sanctions for the 3d anniversary of Lukashenka’s faked elections, falling on 9 August. There is another sanctions package concerning Minsk’s involvement in the Russian war
EU ambassadors agree on new sanctions package against Belarus

On Wednesday, 26 July, EU ambassadors agreed on a new set of sanctions against Belarus. The announcement was made by Rikard Jozwiak, the Europe Editor at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, via Twitter.

“EU ambassadors have just approved sanctions on Belarus. Mainly aviation and dual-use goods. More important: no derogation for Belarusian potash. But expect this question to come up again in the autumn,” the journalist tweeted.

As well, the agreement on sanctions was reported by the twitter account of Spain’s presidency of the Council of the European Union:

The sanctions were proposed in response to human rights violations in Belarus leading up to the third anniversary of the country’s presidential elections, which falls on 9 August. Simultaneously, another sanctions package concerning Minsk’s involvement in the Russian aggression against Ukraine is also being discussed.

The EU has already imposed six rounds of sanctions against Belarus in the past, with the most recent package taking effect a year ago. The debate over further restrictive measures against Minsk due to its role in Russia’s war on Ukraine has been ongoing within the EU for several months.

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