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Council of EU decides to suspend sanctions against Belarus for 4 months

October 12, 2015, 18:58 UTC+3
EU sanctions against Belarus comprise the list of about 150 individuals, including its president, who are banned from visiting the EU and whose assets in European banks are subjected to freezing
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LUXEMBOURG, October 12. /TASS/. The Council of the European Union made a decision to suspend sanctions against Belarus for the period of four months, France’s Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Desir said on Monday.

Desir said the decision was made to suspend restrictive measures for the nearest four months. According to available information, restrictive measures’ suspension covers only the list of individuals and legal entities while the embargo on weapons will remain in effect.

Desir said sanctions may become effective again anytime if it is justified. He added the decision taken makes possible to concurrently keep sanctions against Belarus but suspend their effect.

EU sanctions against Belarus comprise the list of about 150 individuals, including its president Alexander Lukashenko, who are banned from visiting the EU and whose assets in European banks are subjected to freezing. Sanctions also provide for a weapons embargo and a ban on supplying police and dual-purpose equipment to Belarus.

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