On Wednesday, the head of the European Council Charles Michel called on the 27 EU member states to вЂњspeed upвЂќ sanctions against Belarus due to the falsification of the 9 September presidential elections and the harsh dispersal and detention of protesters, but one of the states is blocking the conclusion of the sanctions agreement. This is reported by AFP with reference to sources in the European Council.
вЂњThe Belarusian government must release all political prisoners and allow citizens to exercise their right to freedom of speech and assembly. I urge to speed up the sanctions process,вЂќ Michel said on Twitter.
At the same time, according to the agency's interlocutors, the island state of Cyprus is blocking economic sanctions against the Belarusian authorities, demanding that the rest of the EU members agree to similar measures against Turkey for exploring natural gas in the eastern Mediterranean.
Therefore, an agreement on sanctions can be reached not earlier than the next meeting of EU foreign ministers on September 21.
Earlier we reported that Europe continues to address the issue of introducing personal sanctions against Belarusian officials who suppressed mass protests in the republic. On Monday, information appeared that the European Union will include no more than 20 people in the blacklist formed in connection with the events in Belarus, and the sanctions will not affect President Alexander Lukashenko.