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BRUSSELS, July 09. /ITAR-TASS/. The Council of the European Union on Wednesday cut eight names from from “the black list” for Belarus, the Council’s press service said, but noted that one new name should be added to it.
The “black list” for Belarus includes over 250 Belarusian officials banned from entering the European Union and storing money in European banks.
The list was drawn up after the 2006 presidential elections in Belarus in connection with numerous violations of human rights.
In the autumn of 2008, the European Union suspended the sanctions, motivating the decision by the improving human rights situation in Belarus. However, in reality, that was done at a time when Belarus was thinking over whether to diplomatically recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia which ultimately separated from Georgia after the Georgian aggression in August 2008.
The European Union re-activated and expanded its “blacklist” after the presidential elections in Belarus in December 2010.