EU Council to Discuss Possibility of New Sanctions against Belarus

20.06.2011 11:00

Council of the EU foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Belarus at the regular meeting in Luxembourg on June 20. In particular, we discussed the possibility of imposing new sanctions on the Belarusian authorities. The session will be headed by the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union, Catherine Ashton.

The European Union is deeply concerned at the deteriorating situation of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Belarus. The prosecution of the opposition, as well as the imprisonment of ex-presidential candidates, are of particular concern to the European diplomats.

According to Telegraf, the EU imposed visa and economic sanctions on the Belarusian authorities after the presidential elections in Belarus. Since the situation with democracy and human rights, according to the European officials, has not changed for the better since December 2010, the EU is considering the possibility of extending sanctions.