The European Union lifted sanctions on Belarus in 2016, but now it can return them due to the situation with elections and protests in Minsk and other cities.
This was stated at a press conference by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
вЂњLet me remind you that the EU lifted sanctions against Belarus, because it took steps in the right direction, for example, to release political prisoners. However, we must seriously discuss in the EU whether we can, in the face of recent events, recent events, leave the decision in force or it should be revisited in some way soon, вЂњhe said.
Maas appealed to the official Minsk with an appeal to release the detained activists and journalists, as well as to stop the violence.
вЂњWe call on those who peacefully and using their democratic rights to take to the streets, to be immediately released, since the demonstrators were also arrested. This also applies to journalists who do their job and who were not allowed to do so. They should also be immediately released, вЂњthe German Foreign Minister stressed.
Note that on the eve of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that Brussels is preparing a response from the European Union and a statement of 27 countries within the EU Council at the level of foreign ministers regarding the situation in Belarus.
The EU is already calling for a summit on events in Belarus. This proposal was made by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. European countries condemned the actions of the Belarusian authorities and called for an end to violence against demonstrators.