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15.10.2015 11:56 Politics, Belarus — EU

Belarus hopes that EU sanctions will be abolished as soon as possible, foreign ministry`s spokesman says

By Tanya Korovenkova, BelaPAN
Minsk, 15 October. Belarus hopes that the European Union will fully abolish its sanctions as soon as possible, the foreign ministry’s spokesman, Dzmitry Mironchyk, said at Thursday’s briefing when asked to comment on the possible suspension of the EU’s restrictive measures.
“We comment on specific events and facts,” Mr. Mironchyk said. “Our stance on anti-Belarusian sanctions is well-known. They have proved their inefficiency and futility. We’re waiting for their complete abolition and hope that this will happen as soon as possible.”
At their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, the EU`s foreign ministers agreed to provisionally suspend the bloc`s restrictive measures against the Belarusian authorities for four months.
The ministers agreed to suspend sanctions against Belarus after the presidential election won by Alyaksandr Lukashenka passed off without incident, Agence France-Presse reported with reference to French Foreign Minister Harlem Desir.
The decision is expected to be formalized by the end of this month.
A total of 175 individuals, including Mr. Lukashenka, are currently subject to entry bans and all of them plus 18 economic entities are subject to asset freezes within the EU.
The EU Foreign Affairs Council drew up the blacklist in January 2011, following a brutal police crackdown on a post-election protest in Minsk. The list was repeatedly extended and included as many as 243 Belarusian individuals and 32 business entities at one point.




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