Poland Imposes Sanctions against Lukashenko and Hundreds of Officials

17.01.2011 15:28
Архив Редакция

The Republic of Poland prepared visa sanctions against the Belarusian head of state Alexander Lukashenko and several hundred officials. According to unofficial reports of Polish diplomatic sources, the country's Foreign Ministry compiled a list of persons, participating in the persecution of the opposition in connection with the massive demonstrations in Minsk in December.

The list includes the names of prosecutors, judges, officials and security officers, reports the Belarusian service of Radio «Liberty.» However, the full list is not given, since the exact number of people, to apply sanctions to, is still unknown. At the moment one can say for sure that there is no head of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belarus Sergei Martynov in the list. This has been done for a possibility of dialogue with him.
The EU is expected to take a decision on sanctions on January 31.

As reported by the Polish agency PAP, the document contains «some more people» than it was mentioned in the list of the EU of 2006. Then, sanctions were imposed against Alexander Lukashenko and 40 other people after the presidential elections in Belarus, but then the EU imposed a moratorium on their execution, leaving only five people under sanctions.