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EU states differ in points of view on sanctions against Belarus

February 24, 2012, 16:53 UTC+3
There is mutual understanding on Belarussian officials responsible for the violations of human rights, but differences persist on business people sponsoring the regime
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BRUSSELS, February 24 (Itar-Tass) — EU countries have different points of view on the sanctions against Belarus that must be approved on Monday, a diplomatic source from one of the EU countries said in Brussels on Friday.

Earlier, Director for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia of the External Relations Directorate General of the European Commission, Gunnar Wiegand, said the new set of sanctions against Belarus will increase by about 30 more names the “black list” of Belarussian officials banned from entry in EU countries and access to European banks.

He said there is mutual understanding on Belarussian officials responsible for the violations of human rights, but differences persist on business people sponsoring the regime. Belarussian oligarch Yuri Chizh is one of these controversial persons. Slovenia, in particular, came out against putting his name on the list of personae non-grata.

However, participants in the talks expect to arrive at a consensus on Monday, as the introduction of punitive measures is only possible on condition of full accord of all EU member states.

At the present moment, there are 210 people on the “black list” for Belarus, including President Alexander Lukashenko. Besides, the European Union froze assets of some Belarussian companies.

 

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