The German Government supports the renewal of EU sanctions against Minsk. This is caused by the disputed presidential elections in Belarus, as well as mass repressions of the Belarusian opposition members. This was reported by German media with reference to the government sources on January 4.
However, Germany wishes to discuss this issue with EU partners before the formal request of such a measure. The foreign ministers of EU countries will discuss further action with regard to Minsk on January 31, the Belarusian service of Deutsche Welle.
Meanwhile, according to the AFP agency, the EU has repeatedly imposed sanctions against Belarus since 2004, in particular with regerd to President Alexander Lukashenko and his officials. In 2008, however, these measures were partially suspended in connection with the aspirations of Brussels that this step would encourage leadership in Minsk for democratic reforms.