The EU Foreign Ministry is going to start preparing targeted sanctions against people responsible for police arbitrariness and falsifications in the elections in Belarus, where protests continue, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko still does not answer calls from European leaders. This was announced by Helga Schmid, Deputy Foreign Minister of the European Union.
According to her, the head of the European Council Charles Michel tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with Alexander Lukashenko.
вЂњThe head of the European Council tried to contact Lukashenka, which turned out to be impossible,вЂќ Schmid said.
She also said that the issue of targeted sanctions against Belarus will be discussed at a meeting of the heads of the EU foreign ministries, which will take place on August 27 and 28 in Berlin.
Schmid stressed that the EU opposes any external interference in the internal affairs of Belarus, and on this issue, the President of the European Council Charles Michel spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on 18 August.
As a reminder, on August 20, German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron said that European leaders are discussing the situation in Belarus with the Russian leadership since President Alexander Lukashenko refuses to speak with EU politicians.
The day before, Lukashenko had been told that he was not going to communicate directly with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who condemned the actions of the Belarusian authorities and asked Russian President Vladimir Putin, with whom he regularly communicates, to convey to the head of the German government a request not to interfere in the internal affairs of Belarus.